Green Mountain High School Students Make Prom a Senior Citizen Affair

~ By Student Leilani McGaha ~

It is prom season in many area high schools, but for some special senior citizens prom came early. National Honor Society students at Green Mountain High School partnered with Lakewood Estates Retirement Community to host a Senior (Citizen) Prom for residents on March 10.

Student volunteers transformed the lobby area of the retirement home into a cheerful Hawaiian-themed atmosphere complete with palm tree and Tiki décor, flower leis, and Aloha banners. The event set the perfect stage for multiple generations to get together under one roof. There were several generations present, including an 80-year-old woman who came to spend the evening with her great grandmother, and a woman who celebrated her 96th birthday that day.

Student disc jockey James Grebb played big band, swing, and other tunes that beckoned community residents to the dance floor. Throughout the evening, numerous students showcased their talent by presenting songs, instrument solos, and a modern dance. The retirement home generously provided pizza, cookies, and beverages for all. Residents, students, and guests enjoyed an afternoon of dancing, laughing, food and conversation.

The festive night concluded with a traditional prom celebration, the crowning of a Senior “Citizen” Prom King and Queen under a blast of confetti.

Student organizers Leilani McGaha and Hayley Upson planned the event to bring generations together and show senior citizens that adolescents not only care about the elderly, but want to interact with them.

Leilani shared her favorite part of the evening, “I was dancing with an elderly man who was so good that I had to stop and catch my breath!” Hayley stated, “I enjoyed seeing how excited the residents were and how much they appreciated the event.”

Both girls agreed that the bonding time was invaluable and the beaming faces of the residents were priceless. McGaha and Upson wish to thank Lakewood Estates activities director Bethany Bowles, teachers Miles Schwartz, Dave Gleason, and Carla Hawley, and their fellow students for their support in orchestrating a successful event.

In the end, both residents and students heartily agreed that this was a prom to cherish for a lifetime!

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