Over 500 Cherry Hill East students from all grades traveled “Out of This World” for a fun and lively freshman dance on Friday, January 5.
Students walked through Cafeteria One to check coats and bags, and then headed through the teachers’ lounge and into Caf Two, both decorated to look like outer space. There were black posters covered in stars and planets hanging from the cafeteria walls, and glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark star stickers covered the teachers’ lounge. Strobe lighting and bunches of galaxy-themed balloons added to the ambience.
Students could be found dancing near the music, sitting with friends at the tables in the back of the cafeteria, or socializing in the hallways.
“I think [the dance went] really great,” said Carly Fowler (‘21), a freshman class representative. “The music was good, the decorations looked amazing, and everyone [had] a really fun time.”
There were tables of theme-related food, including bowls of Starburst and Milky Way candies and platters of soft pretzels and chocolate cookies shaped like stars. Students could munch on chicken fingers or enjoy Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
“Everyone seemed to like the DJ and music and food, and the freshmen did a really good job decorating,” said Emma Sklar (‘21), a representative for the Class of 2021.
Throughout the night, a DJ kept the students dancing with popular songs, including crowd favorites like “Sweet Caroline” and “Bodak Yellow.”
At the end of the night, students received a T-shirt as a souvenir. The long-sleeved shirts are black, and say “East 2021” around a small planet. The back has a white-and-gray design of an astronaut holding a bouquet of planet-shaped balloons, and the sleeve is printed with the word “Frosh.”
“Everyone really seemed to enjoy the freshman dance,” said Sklar. “I had a really fun time.”