There were two types of seniors at the prom held at Life Care Center of Pueblo, Colorado, on March 11, 2016: high school seniors and senior citizens.
The event, held in the main dining/recreation area, was the brainchild of student council members at Pueblo South High School. They thought it would be nice for their students to engage with residents at a local skilled nursing facility, and they chose Life Care Center of Pueblo because the mother of one of the students works there.
Residents dressed up, many of the ladies in formal gowns and glitter, and the recreation team made sure each resident had a corsage.
To set the tone musically, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller and a variety of music from the 40s, 50s and 60s played over the speakers as residents danced with members of the younger generation. The residents also enjoyed watching the students dance and learned some new moves, including line dancing.
The students provided beautiful and extravagant decorations, and the facility provided cake and punch. It wouldn’t be a prom without a prom king and queen, however, and residents Lloyd Branham and Priscilla Drew took those honors.
“The residents were dancing non-stop,” said Lauren Corrigan, director of rehab services. “It was hard to tell who had the most fun, as the students seemed to enjoy themselves as much as the residents.”
The students liked the event so much they are hoping to make this a yearly function.