Get Down for a Good Cause at Broadview’s Family Dance

Looking for something fun to do this weekend that works for the whole family? Up for supporting local children and helping students get the education they need to succeed? This is one community event that you don’t want to miss.

Broadview Avenue Public School's School Council is hosting a Family Dance Fundraiser this Thursday, May 31st. Students, staff, parents and community members are getting together for a night to remember, happening at from 6-8 p.m. in Broadview’s Gym. With activities for kids (and adults) of all ages, everyone in the family is sure to have a blast.

Kick off the evening with a stunning 200 balloon drop from the ceiling. Then strike a pose at the Red Carpet Photobooth with your family and get a free print from your photo shoot to take home and stick on the fridge. Hang out and take selfies with the Dovercat or play in the streams of bubbles from not one but two bubble machines running all night long. Dance the night away and stay up late with your friends to the soundtrack of music from local radio station HOT 89.9. Break it down to the tunes spun by Broadview's own DJ Princi-PAL (also known as Mr. Dennis Pare). Delicious snacks and helium balloons will also be available for sale, with all proceeds helping to provide for local students in need.

A public school of approximately 1000 students and 80 staff members, Broadview is located in the core of Westboro, neighbours with Nepean High School. Serving children from junior kindergarten through to grade eight, students come from the surrounding community for the elementary program, but often travel from across the broader community for the middle school years. The dual track school features an EFI program running from kindergarten to grade eight alongside their English program, as well as a System Learning Disabilities class and congregated Gifted Classes. Broadview serves as the major feeder school for Nepean, while other students go on to attend Canterbury, Lisgar, Bell, Woodroffe, or Sir Guy Carleton. Having recently undergone a massive renovation, the new and improved building offers facilities that are better than ever. Sleek and modern, it has now truly embodied its motto and become “A Doorway to Learning”.

The school also holds a significant role in it’s local area. The Broadview School Council is very active in their community and holds many fundraisers every year supporting educational programs for the school and Broadview’s sister school and fellow OCDSB member, York Street Public School. The council’s Dance-a-thon and the spring Book Bonanza are highlights of the local social calendar. Families of students and community members alike come out to support the school and the events are always sure to draw quite the crowd.

Not only will this dance be fun for the whole family, it will also benefit other Ottawa students in need. All proceeds from the Family Dance will provide funding for York Street, where many local families have difficulty meeting the basic needs of their kids. Centrally located in Lowertown and nicknamed “the castle” based on it’s beautiful building, the heritage school also runs from junior kindergarten to grade eight and has been around for more than 90 years.

Created in an effort to alleviate the underfunding of public schools, the sister school program tries to close socio-economic gaps and is run entirely by School Councils. This is the first year for the partnership between the two institutions, a relationship newly forged by the Community Engagement Committee of Broadview’s School Council.

The dance is getting the whole community involved, be it students and their families, school staff, local neighbourhood members or the many Westboro businesses in the area, supporting the event through sponsorship. Companies such as Cody Party, Ottawa Special Events, Agent Sign, Gordon Weima, Haslett Construction, Patrick Morris Home Team, Westboro Dental Station, and MDRN Photobooth Company are lending a helping hand to help get the show on the road.

The dance also involves collaboration from school administrators. From the reception to the ticket sales to the DJ, the staff is banding together to make this dance one that students, friends and family will never forget. Bringing everyone together for an evening of fun and a good cause, it will truly be a community event.

Tickets for the dance are $5 per family and are available at the door.