The community came together May 29 to make sure that students at Cedar Lee Middle School enjoyed their eighth-grade formal. The dance, originally scheduled for May 17, was canceled when a student was accused of writing a threatening note in a boy’s bathroom at the Bealeton school that afternoon.
Vice Principal Leah Shorb expressed her gratitude to folks who chipped in to ensure the make-up night was memorable. She sat on the stage in the general purpose room Wednesday, watching the students as they gathered in groups, laughing, talking, eating – and after a little while, dancing. Swirling lights played over the ceiling and DJ-supplied music lured students to the dance floor. The photo booth was busy too, producing Insta-worthy portraits.
Shorb said, “We have about 100 people on staff. When it was announced that the dance had been canceled, I think 98 of them were here taking everything down that afternoon.” She said the staff was great in getting things set back up again two weeks later.
Shorb said that the school division helped replace items that they couldn’t use on May 17, like food that was already prepared. Chick-fil-A chipped in, as did members of the school’s PTO.
“Kaity Grimley, National Junior Honor Society sponsor, has been working so hard,” said Shorb.
“It wasn’t fun to have to go through,” she said, “but everyone has been amazing. And the kids are thrilled.”
The boy who made the threats was charged on Monday, May 20, with a Class 6 felony for making threats to cause bodily harm on school property.