Senior citizen prom a success

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Wed., May. 1, 2013
Eugenia Perry turns up the heat on the dance floor at the Senior Citizen Prom on April 24. The prom was run and organized by the East Hartford Rotary, the Interact Club and the EHHS Student Council. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Eugenia Perry turns up the heat on the dance floor at the Senior Citizen Prom on April 24. The prom was run and organized by the East Hartford Rotary, the Interact Club and the EHHS Student Council. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Combine good music, tasty food, good friends and a mardi gras atmosphere, and what do you get?  The annual Senior Citizens’ Prom held at East Hartford High School on April 24, of course.

The affair has become a yearly favorite for seniors in town who may want to relive their own proms or just dance and make memories with their friends anew.

The event was coordinated by the East Hartford Rotary, and the East Hartford High School Interact Club and Student Council.

“Once we knew what day it was, the Student Council went to work,” said Louise Rivard, a special education teacher at the high school and the Student Council advisor. “We have phenomenal kids,” said Rivard.  “They ordered everything, chose the colors, decorated.”

“We communicated with a lot of different clubs in our school,” said Student Council Vice President Alyssa Crooks as she looked around at a room full of high school-age volunteers.

According to Rotary members Bob Wood and Cheryl O’Connor, the prom dates back to the late 1980’s or early 1990’s.

Observe some of the seniors and the reasons they loved it were obvious.  They were waited on by student servers from appetizer to dessert and were enjoying one another’s company.  At no point did the deejay play a song and the dance floor wasn’t filled.

“You can laugh with your friends, act a little crazy,” said Eugenia Perry.

But it was more than just a fun thing to put in the seniors’ calendars; it was an avenue for relationships to be built across age- lines.

“I think it’s really been good to meet with people of different generations,” said Crooks. “It’s really nice to interact with them, dance with them,” said Crooks.

“It’s a fun time, they really enjoy themselves,” said Wood.

“You can see the smiles on their faces,” said Crooks, adding that she enjoyed seeing that they were “to be able to connect” with each other and with the volunteers who had come to help out.


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