BELLEFONTE – It’s like the movie “Free of any tie” – come to life.
When the administrators of the Bellefonte area school district canceled the senior’s ball for the 2021 class, it appeared that the seniors would lose another rite of passage.
However, a small group of parents and students stepped in to see if there was anything that could be done. The Senior Ball was canceled in early spring as there was a rise in COVID-19. Now that the numbers are dropping and the Pennsylvania guidelines change, the event can, without a doubt, be safe. Bellefonte is the only school in Center County that does not have a graduation party for its students.
Since dancing is not a school sanctioned event, seniors do not have access to the funds they have raised over the past four years. With this in mind, they began to seek help from the community.
“There is so much to do,” said Nathan Taylor, senior class president. “Having that is part of the growth. I hope the community can come together and donate. It would really help.
The community has intensified. Bonfatto’s in downtown Bellefonte recently hosted an event where 15% of the day’s profits went to Bellefonte seniors. This event was a huge success and Bonfatto owner David Letterman ended up donating over $ 700. There have also been cash donations from community members who want to help. A Penn State student who had money on her meal plan bought Gatorade, Propel, and bottled water to donate. Endi Lu from Bellefonte Wok offered to donate food to help feed the elderly.
The Borough of Bellefonte has approved the use of Talleyrand Park for the event, which will provide a beautiful backdrop for students.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done. There is still a long way to go for the event to be a success, which is not lost on senior Bella Corman.
“Bellefonte is one of the most generous communities. I have seen our community come together and support each other. “ Corman said. “I know people are ready to help these seniors because they know how much we have lost. Without our local businesses, our local restaurants, we wouldn’t be what we are. Bellefonte is an amazing little town.
According to the parent group, there is still a need for food, food trucks, individually wrapped snacks, drinks, decorations as well as tables and chairs. Just like that of Bellefonte “Under the lights” event, it promises to be an unforgettable night.
The event will follow all CDC and state guidelines. Participants will be asked to wear masks.
The event will be a win-win for the Bellefonte community, as the remaining funds will be donated to the Bellefonte Youth Center.
For more information or to find out how you can help, email [email protected], call or text the parent group at (814) 553-7975.
The parent group has also set up a Venmo as a way to donate – @ BFTSeniorBall2021.