Girl Scouts enjoy special dance

By Jessica Ciparelli - ReminderNews
Ellington - posted Fri., Feb. 18, 2011
Brian puts a corsage on his daughter Molly's wrist. Photos by Jessica Ciparelli.
Brian puts a corsage on his daughter Molly's wrist. Photos by Jessica Ciparelli.

Dressed in a tuxedo, Steven Martino walked into the gymnasium of Windermere School and took his daughter, Lauren, 9, for a spin on the dance floor. It’s something the two look forward to every year.

“We come every year,” said Martino. “This is our fourth year.”

Out in the hallway, Brian Deptula strapped a tiny corsage to his 5-year-old daughter Molly’s wrist. The Windermere kindergartener and Daisy Scout was excited to spend the evening with her dad.

The Martinos and Deptulas, along with about 100 other Ellington Girl Scouts and their fathers, grandfathers or other special men in their lives, dressed up and attended the annual “Somebody Special and Me” dance on Feb. 11. The dance, which was open to all Ellington Girl Scouts, has been going on in town for at least 10 years, with money raised going back into the Girl Scout organization.

“The money stays with the Girl Scout family – at the local, state or national level,” said Chris Keune, a co-service unit manager for Ellington Girl Scouts and the dance chairperson. It can mean donations to the Juliette Gordon Low Fund at the national level, or helping with the cost of programs, camp and events like “Thinking Day” at the state and local levels.

Parents donated plenty of treats for the girls and their special people to snack on, and the girls got the chance to win a number of door prizes, including lava lamps, fleece blankets, Valentine’s Day baskets, stationary and a garden ornament, complete with a strawberry plant.

“Something girls of all ages could enjoy,” said Keune. “We had 5-year-olds to 12- and 13-year-olds [here].”

Eight-year-old Mia had fun on the dance floor as she did the “Macarena.” This was not her first dance. “I’ve been to the dance twice,” the Center School third-grader said, in between dance moves.

For Bill Sawyer, the dance was a special moment to share with his 6-year-old daughter, Brooke.

“It’s our first daddy/daughter dance ever,” said Sawyer. “This is a nice event; a chance for dads to spend time with their daughters.”

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