The West Orange High School Student Council held the annual Senior Citizen Prom at West Orange High School Tarnoff Cafeteria on April 10th. In the room festooned with balloons and table centerpieces reminiscent of high school proms everywhere, hundreds of senior citizens from West Orange were entertained by the West Orange High School Orchestra, danced with student volunteers, and dined on a hot buffet provided by the district’s food service.
The Senior Citizen Prom was initiated in 2007 to provide students with the experience of service to elders, and a social opportunity to interact with elders of their community. The Senior Citizen Prom is one of a number of district initiatives that integrate the senior community into the school community, and provide needed resources to a generation that has provided life-long support to the public school district. Other opportunities for senior citizens at West Orange High School include free performances of the fall play and spring musical, a holiday luncheon and computer classes.
“This intergenerational experience is excellent in that students and senior citizens learn from each other through their positive interactions. It breaks down stereotypes and barriers,” said Principal Moore. “Our students and the High School administration always look forward to this fabulous event.”