LIBERTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - The Father-Daughter Dance at Walnut Hill Elementary is one of the most special nights in Casey County.
Sadly, one father couldn't be there. But a group of people made sure his daughters had the most special evening of all.
For one night, the cafeteria at Walnut Hill Elementary transformed into Candyland and daddies with their daughters took over the dance floor.
But Kira and Aryona Hess's father couldn't make it tonight. He's thousands of miles away in Afghanistan. It's a detail not lost on Kira's teacher, Mrs. Kim.
"So, I just put myself in their shoes, their parents' shoes, and I'd want someone to do that for my child," said Mrs. Kim Weathington.
Mrs. Kim helped bring their dad to her classroom via Skype.
"I told you girls I'd check up on you," said John Hess, the girls' father.
Glenn Phillips, a local veteran, escorted the girls on their father's behalf while he serves our country.
"John, it's an honor being here for you, for your daughters. That's what it's all about," said Phillips.
"The Army, they take care of their own. At the drop of a hat, he was here," said Katrina Hess, the girls' mother.
While tears flowed, there was also plenty of laughter.
John Hess left Kentucky in December and won't return until Thanksgiving. It's his longest deployment since his girls were born. But nights like this, surrounded by friends, loving teachers, and their dad watching, that makes the time go by faster.
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