The News Journal Corbin High School cheerleaders host annual Princess Day fundraiser – The News Journal
While the tea party might have been a little different this year, Disney magic has always filled the Corbin Elementary School cafeteria as the Corbin High School cheerleaders invited little princesses to the annual princess party. of the team.
For a year without COVID, families walked in and kids could participate in a beauty salon boutique where they could curl their hair, put on makeup and paint their nails before being ushered into the gym or cafeteria for crafts and snacks. said Shonya O’Neill, cheerleading coach at Corbin High School.
This year has been a bit different, as the cheerleaders couldn’t shop. Instead, participants were seated at different tables where they got snacks and completed crafts. Every few minutes, the participants turned the tables so that they could meet all the cheerleader princesses. Each cheerleader princess decorated her table according to her character and selected a craft to complete with the children.
O’Neill said it was fun for the cheerleaders as they both had the opportunity to interact with the kids, but also to portray a Disney princess.
“It’s just fun for the girls. It’s tradition, ”said O’Neill.
When kids come in, they tend to ask for specific princesses. far away, O’Neill said. “For them, it’s Disney when they can’t make it.”
The cheerleaders themselves said they enjoyed the events, with the elderly remembering their time attending the princess’ annual parties.
Cady Estep, who has been on the high school cheer team for five years and who portrayed Cinderella, said: “I’m going to miss being able to bond with all the little kids.”
“Once you start it’s a little scary because you don’t really know which profession to choose, how many kids or how they are going to react to you, but as a senior you know how to take care of one. little. a little better and it’s a lot more fun over the years, ”said Estep.
Libby Cima, a senior who has been on the high school cheering team for four years and who portrayed Elsa, said this year was especially different because everyone wore masks and it was just all around different.
Overall, Cima said the event was special.
“It’s really special because I’ve always liked it. It’s my favorite fundraiser we’ve done, ”Cima said.
Merrah Pack, a four-year-old team member who portrayed Ariel, said: “I’m a little sad that I [won’t] see everyone who has come each year and they remember us. I will miss it, ”Pack said. “It’s special for all of them, so it’s special for us every year.”
Olivia Roberts, also a four-year member of the team playing Belle, has agreed with the other women that she will miss interacting with the children.
“My favorite part of princess parties is when little kids come in and find the princess they’re paired with and their faces shine,” said Roberts.
“I will miss it. It’s a really good time, ”said Emma Reedy. “I’m just trying to capture every moment because it makes me sad that I’m not back here next year, and all the familiar faces, I won’t see them again.” I’m just trying to figure it all out. “
Reedy has been on the team for four years and portrayed Moana.
Katty Ann Taylor, who has portrayed Mary Poppins for four years on the team, said: “I think my favorite part of the event is seeing the smiles on the faces of the little kids. You can tell it means a lot to them, especially coming from such a small town where they don’t always have these kinds of opportunities. Just once a year, getting dressed and being a princess makes me feel good. “
The senior members of the Corbin High School cheerleading team weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the event.
Kasi Grande has a baby girl who attended the event for two years.
“I think it’s wonderful that cheerleaders put on this for our kids, so it gives them someone to look up to and someone to aspire to be,” Grande said. “Our girls love princesses and everything that goes with them, and they have a great time with all the cheerleaders and all the other little girls here too.
The event was split into two sessions with around 100 little princesses and parents attending the event.