Green Mountain High School’s prom isn’t until April, but seniors had theirs early.
Senior citizens, that is.
The school’s National Honor Society threw a “Senior Citizen Prom” at Lakewood Estates senior living on March 10.
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“I’m really passionate about the elderly,” said junior Leilani McGaha, who planned the event with Hayley Upson, also a junior. “I think they don’t get enough recognition from young people. So we thought this would be a fun way to do something for them.”
The students were joined by about 30 of their peers in volunteering to set up the event at the center, much to the residents’ delight.
“So many of our residents showed up and danced,” said Bethany Bowles with Lakewood Estates. “We had pizza, music and even nominated a king and queen.”
Some residents were joined by family members at the Hawaiian-themed event, and students made sure to spend as much time visiting and dancing with residents.
“We really encouraged everyone in Honor Society to ask the residents to dance,” McGaha said. “For those who couldn’t, students talked with them and laughed with them. We were focused on making sure everyone had a good time.”
And everyone did.
“They told us it was the best time they’d had in a while,” Upson said. “They kept asking us when we could come back.”
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