Saturday, June 07, 2008

8th Grade Dance

Every year, the 8th grade graduates have an end of the year dance. Years ago it was at a restaurant and got to the point that it was like a prom...fancy dresses and limousines. At some point, long before I moved here, the parents decided it was too much for 8th graders and decided that they would have the kids choose a theme and the parents would decorate the gym, as a gift. It's become the highlight of going to school here. The kids know the theme, but have no idea what the parents are doing. They're led into the gym in a group and the look of amazement on their faces is always priceless. This year was no exception. The theme was "The Jersey Shore" and many of the towns were represented.

There was a miniature golf course, like you'd find on the boardwalk...

They could play skee ball in front of Lucy the Elephant in Margate....

There was an arcade....

And of course an under the sea themed dance floor, complete with disco ball!

In Cape May they could have their pictures taken in old fashioned costumes on the front porch of a Victorian house...

In Sea Isle City they could have their fortunes told by a gypsy....


In Wildwood they could get tattoos (the boss and I made the tattoo parlor!)

We even had some cruise directors...

The parents were allowed to stay for the first half hour of the dance so they could see the kids come in and check everything out...then we were kicked out. But...there was also an inflatable bungee jumping thing that led from Grace having a wonderful time....


To a trip to the emergency room this morning....

Fortunately it's not broken, but she'll be on crutches for a week. The night certainly was memorable!

8 comments:

Sweet P said...

Ouch! I hope she had fun before she did that! The gym looked lovely! Great job parents!

furiousBall said...

oh no!!!

poor grace, if i were you i'd go turn on the metronome just out of reach

Screen Door said...

Glad she's going to be alright...But what a dance!!!!some great Ideas...I've got to share this.

Darcie said...

Oh, poor sweetie! We've been having a run on broken bones and owies here too. The bright side is that it's good DVD watching and computer surfing time. And perhaps a little knitting for the sofa-side "nurse?"

Love the painted toe nails! ;-)

Laura said...

How neat, what a great idea. We had the prom style 8th grade dance this year and I agree it was toooo much. This sounds like alot of fun for all.

Melzie said...

that looked like an awesome time :) sorry she got hurt though :( xoxo melzie

atet said...

That dance looks amazing and so sorry your daughter was hurt :0(. LOVE the graduation quilt peeks you shared :0).

Marcie said...

That party is very impressive! What great parents to go to such lengths for their kids to have some good, clean fun! I hope your daughter is better by now. And congrats to your graduate!