By Heather Wagner Reed, Juice Consulting
Austin school Maplewood Elementary is thrilled to announce its second Annual Maplewood Elementary Parent Prom taking place at the Spiderhouse Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening will feature live music by The Recliners and DJ Andy Smith, a silent auction, photo booth and much more. The event is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Maplewood Elementary. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased here: www.parentprom.yapsody.com.
“Last year, we really didn’t know what Parent Prom was – we just made it up as we went along,” said Elizabeth McQueen, Maplewood PTA Chair, KUTX DJ and local musician. “It turned out to be so much fun, because it was rare time for the community of parents at our school to interact with each other as adults. We got to have a great time together whether people were dancing to the songs of our youth or just hanging out.”
“Last year’s event went down in history as parents came out for a rare night to themselves to enjoy a throwback to their youth, dressing up to the nines and enjoying some dancing,” said Maplewood Principal Vickie Jacobson. “The school hosted childcare while moms and dads enjoyed a nostalgic time on the dance floor and had a blast. We were thrilled with the $10,000 the event raised as well, which helped the school provide technology, additional books and classroom supplies in 2016.”
“We’re able to help raise much needed funds for our school, while at the same time strengthening our ties as a community. We’ve also received sponsorship from J. Ross Buchholtz CPA, PLLC and Bill Holleman at Prime Lending. Both Ross and Bill are Maplewood dads. We feel so lucky to part of such a supportive community!” said McQueen. “And really, that is the best thing about Maplewood, our strong community.”
“This fun and entertaining event demonstrates the positive impact of parental involvement,” said Principal Jacobson. “These events encourage parents and the community to form closer partnerships with our school, and support student learning.”
Maplewood is an elementary school for pre-K -grade 6 located in East Austin. Opening in 1952, the school is known for its diverse student body and its motto “Increase the Peace.” The school is rated exemplary in the areas of overall performance, the fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parental involvement, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies, educational programs for gifted and talented students, its Second Language Acquisition Program and its 21st Century Workforce Development Program.
One of the key attributes of Maplewood is the focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), which can be seen daily in the school’s “Peacemaker” program where students are recognized in front of the whole school when doing something good for others. The school’s mission is “to develop the WHOLE child – one who feels valued and is successful within a cooperative, safe learning environment.”
Maplewood also hosts a number of events throughout the year such as Fall Fest and Carnival, Spring Fling and Fun Run, and more. As a resource to the surrounding community, the school is also an official polling location and the venue for the annual Cherrywood Art Fair, one of Austin’s most cherished holiday markets.
Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller and Scott Kentros