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December 09th, 2019

By ROBERT PIERCE 

• Leader & Times

 

December is here, and around the world, the Christmas season is in full swing. This creates the sight of shoppers galore in stores and holiday parties being thrown in homes, churches and even some businesses.

Throughout the busy festive season, some parents may need some time alone away from the children, and the Redline Dance team at Liberal High School is giving them just that chance this Friday by taking the children off the parents’ hands for a few hours.

The team is hosting a “Parents Night Out” in the LHS East gym in the former West Middle School building, and Redline Coach Krista Holcomb said children are in for a night of fun.

“We’re going to have pizza for the kids, do a craft where they can give their parents as a little Christmas gift,” she said. “We’ll play games.”

Holcomb said Redline dancers thought the idea to have parents drop off their kids have a night to themselves would be fun.

“The parents could go Christmas shopping, wrap gifts or go on a little date,” she said. “They would get to bond with some of the kids. They thought that would be fun. During our clinic, they get to form relationships, but they’re busy learning the dance. This would be actually more getting to know the kids in the community.”

Parents Night Out is for boys and girls ages 3 to 12 years old, and parents can pay $10 to leave their children with the dance team. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the event running from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

This is a fundraiser for Redline Dance, and Holcomb said while girls are usually the primary participants in her dance clinics, Parents Night Out would give both boys and girls a chance to hang out with high school kids. She added the plan for the event has been slightly modified since its inception.

“Originally, we were just going to do games and a craft, but we figured parents want to eat and not have to worry about their kids and feeding their kids before they go home,” she said.

Holcomb said other ideas were considered, but the Parents Night Out seemed to be what team members thought was the best.

“We kicked it around, and it was the seniors I talked to about it,” she said. “We were just looking at different ideas for different fun things where we could actually involve kids rather than just having fundraisers to make money – go eat here, go eat there. Even though the parents are paying, I feel like they’re forming those relationships with the kids just so they have positive role models.”

The Parents Night Out is among several fundraisers Holcomb’s team hosts throughout the year.

“We do Pizza Hut, Freddy’s, the car wash, dance clinic, Subway cards,” she said. “We didn’t do the chili supper this year. We’re going to maybe look into different options for next year.  I’d say around six or seven.”

Holcomb said the money raised from these events go to several expenses in the budget for the team.

“We have to pay when we do our in-town camp, when the NDA instructor comes in, and that’s pretty pricey,” she said. “That’s our main thing, and this year, we have a bigger team than what we’ve had in the past. We have to buy new poms and uniforms to be able to accommodate since we have a larger group. They also fundraise for their dance shoes and just any equipment or things we need to replace. Right now, our CD player we use for practice is pretty temperamental, so we’re looking into getting a nicer one of those.”

As a parent of three children of her own, Holcomb understands how an event like Parents Night Out could be helpful to other parents as well.

“I know with us having three kids, sometimes, it’s hard to find a sitter,” she said. “As a parent, I feel more comfortable being like, ‘Oh hey, they’re getting to go do something fun rather than oh they have to go sit with somebody else.’ They get to go to a fun activity while we still get to have time alone.”

Holcomb said Redline Dancers are excited about Friday night and getting to spend time with some local children.

“I’ve had a few in the past who were nervous about working with kids, especially the youngest age groups,” she said. “They always ask for the 10, 11, 12-year-olds, and this year, they’re like, ‘It’s okay if you put us with the 3-year-olds this time.’ They’re getting more comfortable and getting more used to working with the little kids.”

To pre-register or for more information, contact Holcomb at 620-655-3850, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“It’s important to either pre-register or at least give me a heads up your kids are coming,” she said. “That way, we can get a more appropriate number.”

Holcomb praised the efforts of some of those who have helped make Parents Night Out possible.

“As far as the craft supplies and the pizza, the community businesses have been really willing to step in and help with either donating or giving discounts,” she said. 

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