If you’re a Blue Springs student, there’s a good chance you know Teresa Nightingale.

If you’re a Blue Springs student, there’s a good chance you know Teresa Nightingale.

A nurse for the school district, Nightingale also volunteers where she can in whatever capacity she can. At noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hall McCarter Education Building in Blue Springs, Nightingale hopes she and others at StandUp! Blue Springs can break the record books. It’s the eighth annual Princess Party. It’s for girls ages 5 to 10, and money raised goes to the organization’s dental program for kids.

Tickets are $30 per couple and $15 for individuals. The reservation deadline is today. Visit www.standupbluesprings.org/events/ or call Blue Springs Parks and Recreation at 816-228-0137 for more information.

Why do you volunteer for StandUp Blue Springs! and the Princess Party?

As a school nurse, I believe it is important for children to have healthy teeth and be free of dental pain in order to learn. Dental for Kids provides free dental care for children who otherwise would have no access to dental care. The program also provides dental education through the “Sparkle Smile Academy.

How long have you been volunteering?

I have been involved with the Dental for Kids program for the last six years. We are currently gearing up for the organization’s major fundraiser that will take place Saturday night, the eighth annual Princess Party. Tickets are still available for the event, but they’re going fast.

What’s special about the efforts at StandUp! Blue Springs?

I like the fact that StandUp! Blue Springs engages citizens in health, safety and community enrichment initiatives. The organization strives to improve the quality of life in Blue Springs. It’s local citizens working to enhance and meet the needs of their community.

Why should people volunteer in their community?

I believe it is important to give back and to take ownership in the community in which you live.