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School resource officer steps in to ask 8-year-old to daddy-daughter dance

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 08:10:46-05

VAN BUREN, AR (KFSM/CNN) — Dressed to the nines in her dancing shoes, little girl from Arkansas had a night to remember at her school's daddy-daughter dance.

At first, she didn't think she'd be able to go. Her father had passes away during the holidays.

But then a school resource officer stepped in, and they danced the night away.

"I was excited because I never ever went and it would be my first time, and I actually been wanting to go," Avey Cox, 8, said.

Second grader Avey Cox had always dreamed of going to the daddy daughter dance, but after her dad passed away during the holidays, she didn't think that she would be able to attend.

But Corporal Harvey's chief reached out to his officers, suggesting they volunteer to escort students without dads.

So Corporal Harvey decided to step in for his little friend Avey.

"I reached out to the mother. The mother came and said it was OK, because the last thing I wanted to do was to get rejected by a second grader,” Clp. Nick Harvey, Van Buren School Resource Officer, said. “So her mom talked to her about it, and the next day I formally asked if she'd be my date to the daddy/daughter dance."

Avey said yes, and the pair made sure to coordinate their outfits, take lots of pictures and even rode in a limo to get pizza before heading to the event.

"It meant a lot because I actually got to go and see all my friends there and then I got to go with them and have a lot of fun," she said.

Corporal Harvey says it's night he will never forget because they made a lot of memories on, and off, the dance floor.

“I embarrassed myself a little bit, danced, uh, I can't dance at all," Cpl. Harvey said.

But for Avey, those dance moves were one of her favorite parts.

Corporal Harvey has three daughters, but they've all aged-out of the daddy-daughter dance.

And he says he looks forward to going to them again, with his new friend Avey.