By Christopher T. Matthews
Last Thursday evening, February 11, 2016, Ella P. Stewart’s Academy for Girls Hosted its third annual Father and Daughter Dance themed “A Date with a Princess.”
Hundreds of fathers, uncles, friends and family members participated in this event that ultimately would instill values and moral etiquette into the women of tomorrow, according to the Academy officials.
Three years ago, Prudent Hicks, who was the PTO President, presented the idea of a father daughter dance. And, shortly after that it was manifested and has been popular and a success.
Theresa. Quinn, principal of Stewart Academy for Girls, said, “This is an opportunity for fathers to spend quality time with their daughters, as well as, engage in social etiquettes and experiences.”
School counselor, Shannon Tisdale, also feels that, as an all girls school, it is important to have male role models and influence in their lives. “So this event enables these young ladies to partake in a social experience with their fathers or a male role model present in their lives. There is a process from the RSVP invitation to checking in upon arrival, which gives a formal feel to the experience. But, adds to the ambience of the entire situation. Ultimately, this experience will prep these young ladies early and illustrate what it is like to be treated like a princess.”
OB Murray, Jr., father of Samone, stated, “ “This is a great opportunity to spend time with my daughters.With the given constraints of life; this event gives a person a chance to take a break and spend much needed quality time with his children. I believe the process and the preparation that it takes to prepare for this event instills values, that will last a lifetime, for these young ladies and male role models as well.”
Samone Murray thinks it is a great event and it is fun. “I get to spend quality time with my dad. We are really enjoying ourselves,” she said.
Dad of Anieya, Tony Green, feels this event is a good idea and it is much needed in our community. He believes it has enabled them with an opportunity, as fathers, to send a strong message to their daughters. And, set a standard for them. So, when they do become of age, and they are old enough to date, they will have learned first hand how a male should treat a young lady.
Anieya Heard, Mr. Green’s daughter, shared that, the event makes it possible for young ladies to get closer with their fathers, express their love for each other and develop their father daughter relationship.
A supporter, Donzelle Wyatt, attended because he felt that, it was a special day for him and a, beautiful turn out with fathers and family supporting their daughters and love ones. “ These young ladies are absolutely gorgeous with their formal wear on, and I think it is something that every father and family member should be proud of; this event is truly uplifting,” he stated.