Senior Citizen Prom
Thursday, the Perrysburg High School Commons was full of music, dancing, and seniors having fun.
No, it wasn’t homecoming or winter ball: it was student council’s annual Senior Citizen Prom. Each year, Student Council invites elderly Perrysburg residents to take part in a night of fun, food, and great music.
“It’s one of our favorite things to plan, especially as seniors,” said Allex Brown, senior class president. “All the ladies get ready for prom super early in the morning, and they’re all excited. It’s super cute to see them all have fun again.”
The senior citizens arrive at PHS from local nursing homes and are treated to dinner, dancing, and several performances from the high school’s various instrumental and choral groups.
“Senior Citizen Prom is my favorite event of the year because it allows us to interact with another generation,” said sophomore Maddie Dirrim. She is on sophomore student council and is a chamber singer. “I also love performing for the seniors and the overall experience is a very fun time.”
Maddie’s enthusiasm was echoed by both performers and student council members alike. Many said that this is their favorite event of the year.
Faith Best, a senior in charge of planning the event, was all smiles beforehand.
“I’m really excited to just talk to them and hear their stories,” she said. “It’s fun because they’re excited just to talk to us.”
Senior Citizen Prom connects the old generation with the new. It bridges the age gap and connects residents of Perrysburg who normally wouldn’t interact. It helps PHS students stay in tune with the past, while also bringing the senior citizens into the life of a high schooler in 2015.
“It’s all about giving back to the community and seeing the students dance and interact and have fun,” said Nicole Kosewick, adviser for the event. “The seniors are so appreciative. They just love being here and interacting with the students and just communicating with them.”