A different kind of prom

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of CW Human Services
Canal Winchester Human Services and Canal Winchester High School’s National Honor Society are hosting a prom for senior citizens in the school’s cafeteria on May 15 from 5-7:30 p.m. The theme is Back to the ‘80s.

A “Senior” Prom takes place at Canal Winchester High School next month and while the event includes music, food, and dancing like many other proms held in the spring for high schoolers, the crowd kicking up their heels at this soiree is a bit older.

Canal Winchester Human Services and the high school’s National Honor Society are hosting a prom for senior citizens in the school’s cafeteria on May 15 from 5-7:30 p.m. The theme is Back to the ‘80s.

The first senior citizens prom sponsored by the student council took place in 2015. This is the first year the National Honor Society has been involved.

“It’s a magical night for our senior citizens to have their very own prom,” said Human Services Executive Director Aletha Mullins. “The night will be filled with dancing, a meal, dessert, pictures, and a raffle. Brian Alexander with Pure Energy Music is graciously donating his time to DJ for us. The kids dance with our seniors and teach them new dances, as well as our seniors teaching the kids dance moves from their day. For some of the seniors, it is their actual first dance to attend. This is a great outreach for our senior citizens.”

National Honor Society Advisor Lynn Baumbusch said her students are organizing the evening along with Mullins. NHS is providing the meal and Canal Winchester High School is providing the dessert.

“We have decided on our theme, picked out decorations, chosen the menu, and will put it all together along with serving the dinner and dancing the night away with our community,” said Baumbusch. “This is a great opportunity for our community members to meet our students and vice versa. Sometimes there is a disconnect between generations and we want to help close that gap. Both age groups have so much to offer each other.”

The event is free and for people ages 50 and over who may enter the building through the gym entrance. There are no tickets, but for more information or to be placed on a guest list, call Mullins at 614-834-4700 or contact Baumbusch via email at jbaumbusch@cwls.us.

“I’m sure many guests will be in their best ‘80s gear if the want to go along with our theme, but it is not a must,” said Baumbusch. “We chose CW Human Services as our community organization to work with this year and are glad we have so many wonderful ways to be more involved here in Canal Winchester.”

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