Students Host ‘Senior Prom’ for Elderly at Nursing Home

By Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times
April 22, 2016 Updated: April 24, 2016

It’s never too late to relive your youth. 

The residents at the The Palace Nursing & Rehab Center were treated to a faux-senior prom by high school students. 

“It was unbelievable,” said Debbie Horvitz, the activities director at the nursing home, told ABC News. “We had such a great time. We had a tie for [prom] queen and we had a king. One of the queens and kings were holding hands for the rest of the prom. The kids did a great job.”

The event, hosted for seniors between the ages of 80 and 101, was orchestrated by students at the TERRA Environmental Research Institute, as well as the family members of the elderly residents. 

Among the attendees was Eleanor Bessin, who, at 101, was the oldest person in the nursing home. 

Bessin had attended prom with the man she thought she was going to marry, but after he served in WWII, he developed cancer upon his return and died. 

The group of students who organized the prom developed the idea when discussing their own prom. 

“It’s really heartfelt,” Caridad Montano, the school principal, told ABC News. “It really is a sense of nice things happening in a world when we see the respect that the elderly deserve. They are very, very kind. This is a wonderful group of students.”

The prom not only had flowers and portraits, but the students also made corsages for the seniors. 

“I just want the student government to dance with them, interact with them and make them feel special,” said Sabrina Rosell, the student body president. “I think ultimately the biggest thing is for them to have a smile on their face. I know their families probably don’t get to visit them often, so it’s just to show them that their community loves and cares about them.”