Cactus Canyon Junior High had its first dance of the year on Thursday, Sept. 1. The theme was Code Red, and any student wearing red clothing was rewarded with a free snack from the concession stand.
The theme was chosen to make it easy for student to participate and to show school spirit. The reward was given to help encourage that participation, but also to help offset a price increase. The price of admission was raised $1 to $6 to help Student Council raise money for school programs.
“We decided to raise the price to six dollars (from five dollars) for this dance because fundraising is one of our main goals this year,” said Jason Davis, student council adviser. “We want to be able to help more people, but we need more money to do that. To help soften the blow for students, we will reward anyone who wears red with a ticket for a free candy or soda.”
The plan worked and the dance was successful as about 405 students attended and over 250 wore red. The first dance is usually the biggest dance of the year and Mr. Davis was expecting many students to attend.
“The first dance is always huge,” said Jason Davis. “There hasn’t been a dance since April and students are ready for one. The seventh graders may not have had dances at all in elementary school, so many of them were very excited. We had a great turnout and a lot of fun.”
Mr. Davis said that he is happy that the StuCo members worked well together to get ready for the dance and that they put on a great party.
“I was most excited to see how well our new council members work together,” he said. “It’s a lot of work and a lot of pressure to put on a good dance that everyone will enjoy. We only have 12 council members, which is a lot smaller than last year, so each student had a lot of duties. We want everyone to have a great time and come back to future dances, which means we have to be great.”