Letters to the Editor, March 10-13, 2012
March 10, 2012
The annual Father Daughter Dance at McPolin Elementary school was a HUGE success! This sweet event is one of the best attended at our school each year. Fathers and daughters enjoy a special evening together, dressed up, dancing, and laughing at the funny games they play. It is truly a magical night and one that couldn’t take place without the wonderful parent volunteers and the generous contributions from our community.
This event wouldn’t be possible without the support from the following businesses: Main Street Pizza & Noodle, The Silver Cricket, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Subway in Prospector, Westgate Grill and Cynthia Sandoval Photography
With sincere gratitude,
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