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Southmoreland superintendent Dr. John Molnar is taking a break from his typical duties to take a step out of his comfort zone. Dr. Molnar is participating in Dancing with the Celebrities of Pittsburgh.
“I heard about the event through (retired Southmoreland Elementary School teacher) Ms. Rosie Scardina,” Dr. Molnar said. “She told me all about the event and the cause, and I was very interested.”
Last year, Dr. Molnar was awarded with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Outstanding Superintendent award for his devotion to music and the arts. Now, he gets to participate in a different form of art – ballroom dancing.
The ballroom dance competition, modeled after the ABC reality show Dancing With The Stars, is a charity event that is raising money for United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior. The organization provides funding to senior citizens so that they can live in their homes longer, rather than living in a nursing home.
“Organizations like these helped my mother live in her home longer,” Dr. Molnar said. “So I think that programs like this are very important.”
Dr. Molnar has been rehearsing with his partner Lynne Preisser since the end of July, where they practice 3 hours a week.
“It’s way more work than I thought it would be,” Dr. Molnar said. “I’m way out of my comfort zone.”
But overall, Molnar is excited and grateful for this opportunity.
“This has been such a rewarding experience,” said Dr. Molnar. “It’s all for a good cause.”
Molnar will be dancing the Viennese Polka to a piece by composer Johann Strauss.
Dancing with the Celebrities of Pittsburgh will be held this Friday, November 10 at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at https://epledge.unitedway4u.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=31343436.