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American Girl Teas follow your inner star

The theme of the ninth annual American Girl Teas was "Follow Your Inner Star." Teas were held at Divine Redeemer School on April 25 and Dayton Elementary on May 15. American girls from the following schools were in attendance: Lenape Elementary, Dayton Elementary, and Divine Redeemer School.

Stars filled the cafeteria on the walls and balloons in the air. The centerpieces were Uncle Sam top hats filled with red and white flowers and blue star-shaped balloons. Mints in star containers were placed on all the tables. Each girl received a star notebook and pen. Poems were on the placemats entitled, "Don't Let Anything Stand in the Way of Your Dreams...Follow Your Inner Star." The programs were "gloves" listing the guests attending the high tea. Directions for proper serving of tea and good table manners were also on the program.

Each of the American girls were escorted through a star-light archway. The girls and their dolls were then introduced by the butler, Paul Treacy for the "parade of the dolls." Photographs were taken of the all of the young ladies and given to them for a keepsake.

Prior to the high tea, the girls were given the American Girl book, Mia, St. Clair. After the girls were introduced, the book-talk was held. Each girl took a turn asking or answering questions about the book. The high Victorian Tea was held afterwards with sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream or lemon curd, and cookies. The cookies were made by the guests and brought to the tea to share.

Directions for the proper serving of tea was given by Joan Moore. The eldest girl at each table poured the tea for their guests. American girls who served the tea at Divine Redeemer were: Mallory Bearer, Paige Gasborro, Aspen Hartman, Charlie Hassa, Emily Hoak, Kelsey Keibler, Lauren Pyle, Megan Richardson, Karli Roberts, Kaitlyn Satterfield, Teigan Schrecengost, Erin Sheffer, Cassi Smeltzer, Trista and Alyssa Vargo. The young ladies who served the tea at Dayton Elementary were: Lexi Alese, Ciara Bennett, Alison Brocious, Katelyn Good, Nicole Hough, Moriah Kephart, Courtney Miller, and Anna Shoemaker.

After the high tea the girls made star bracelets to match necklaces they received. A fundraiser was held for a flowered tea pot an a teacup and saucer. Proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society. Paula Rummel gave books as door prizes from Armstrong Books for Children. Other American Girl products were given as prizes. The event ended with the drawing for the American Girl Doll, limited edition, Mia St. Clair. The winners were Kristy Bish and Cassi Smeltzer. The American Girl high tea is held each year to promote literacy.

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