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Audrey Kam and PAWS, mascot for the Detroit Tigers, choose a song from the karaoke list. photo by Renee Landuyt.

June 20, 2013
On the eve of their last day in middle school, eighth graders at Parcells Middle School spent the afternoon celebrating with games and prizes, singing and dancing during the Parent Teacher Organization's annual eighth grade promotion party.

"We view it as a giveback to the kids," said Lynn Galbenski, party co-chair along with Sheri Kam. "There's an eighth-grade promotion party every year. The theme is different, but it's always run by the PTO."

Above, Parcells principal Cathryn Armstrong shares a dance with PAWS. Photos by Renee Landuyt
This year's theme was Detroit Tigers baseball. It featured ballpark food, a photo booth, karaoke, DJ, indoor games, a visit from PAWS, Tigers mascot, and raffles with prizes such as two Tigers packages, Grosse Pointe North High School T-shirts, four pairs of Tigers tickets, Tigers T-shirts, Tigers hats and bracelets and gift cards to Target, Chocolate Bar Café, Starbucks, Subway and TCBY.

Parents donated a majority of the Tigers prizes. The PTO purchased the rest.

Above left, Audrey Kam and PAWS, mascot for the Detroit Tigers, choose a song from the karaoke list.
The event also included an outdoor dunk tank, in which students, staff and volunteers each paid a dollar for three attempts at dunking teachers Scott Cooper, Dan Bens or Brian McDonald. Money raised from the dunk tank benefited Brian Aulph's kids' college fund. Aulph, a Spanish teacher at Parcells, passed away in February following complications from heart surgery.

Galbenski said they raised $120 from the dunk tank.

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