My mother (Dionna Howard), with the help of my City Year, Mr. W, hosted a dance for the female students of Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and their male role models: A Night in Hollywood. My mother wanted to have this dance because she wanted all the girls at Amidon-Bowen to be treated just like queens and she also wanted every little girl to get a feel of how it feels to have a man in your life.

The dance was held last Friday, March 17 at 7 at night. I think it went really well. This event was filled with dancing, excitement, and lots of delicious food. My favorite song that they played was “Juju on that Beat” and my favorite role model at the dance was my uncle. The dance had more than 150 people in attendance. It was an extraordinary success.

The best quotes from the dance:

“The dance was the most attended event of the school year. It was exciting to see our girls and their fathers or father figures enjoying themselves. I am most proud that this event was organized and executed by parents and friends of the school. It is a clear example of what Amidon-Bowen is—a community school on the rise.” -Ms Sykes (principal of Amidon-Bowen)

“Being a father or a role model for our girls is like having permanent armor for the rest of their life. We want our girls to understand that they are supposed to be treated like queens.” -Ms.Dionna Howard (parent at Amidon-Bowen)

“It was a big success! I’m truly happy Amidon-Bowen Elementary School had this type of event for our young ladies and their role models” -Mr. W (City Year AmeriCorps member)

“A Night in Hollywood was one of the most memorable events I have been a part of at Amidon-Bowen. It was amazing to see all the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, and close friends come out and support our young ladies on this momentous occasion. It takes a village to raise our children and tonight truly represented that community.” -Coach Lee (behavior tech at Amidon-Bowen)

By: Makayla Howard

Third grader at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

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