Students Create Wonka Wonderland for City’s Daddy Daughter Dance

Give them a theme and two weeks, and Duncanville High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) students get things done.

An entire team of teachers and students worked together to create magic for Duncanville Parks and Recreation’s Daddy Daughter Dance. The theme - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - created a wonderland at the Duncanville Recreation Center for families to enjoy.

Students from construction, cosmetology, fashion design, floral design, auto body, art, graphic arts, architecture, photojournalism and animation pitched in to design the décor, and create the props.

Construction teacher Tamara Gurnell oversaw her students as they cut wooden letters and a ‘gate’ to represent the entrance to the fantastical chocolate factory. The Oompa Loompas’ (fictional workers at Willy Wonka’s factory) hair was the perfect shade of green compliments of the coloring techniques learned in cosmetology class. Graphic design students used Adobe Illustrator and sewing machines to create Wonka hats.

The dance could not have been better timed. In addition to Valentine’s Day being celebrated in February, it is also CTE month.