A Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dance held at a small North Carolina elementary school is getting attention after deputies stepped in for the parents who didn’t show up.

It happened at Bonlee Elementary School in the Chatham County community of Bear Creek, and nearly 100 students in kindergarten through fifth grade attended. Four deputies (three men, one woman) attended with the idea of replacing the missing parents. They not only coaxed children to the dance floor, but some of the children started showing off their dance moves.

“We wanted families to have a good time together, but we recognize that not all children live with their parents and not all parents are able to take off work to attend a school event,” Donna Griffith of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. “The community really seemed to embrace it and students are already asking for it to be offered again next year.”

“It felt like something the kids really needed,” Deputy Jonathan Thomas wrote in a Facebook post. “School dances can feel a little awkward at first, but once the kids saw us out there being silly they knew it was okay for them to jump in. I think it also gave parents the courage to let go and join in with us.”

The deputies have been praised for their act of kindness. “Saying I love this just isn’t enough,” posted Daphne Owings on Facebook. “Please make this happen again next year.”

“Y’all are wonderful!” Debbie Sumner posted.

Lindsay Griffith Holton posted, “You guys are awesome and you have some pretty good dancers on your team.”