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Plainville High School Hosts "Senior" Prom

Plainville High School hosted its first annual "Senior" Prom on April 9th. The prom, for local senior citizens, was organized by Plainville High School's Rotary Interact Club. The club formed three years ago, and is advised by Principal Steven LePage, faculty member Judy Gurtcheff, and Plainville Rotary Club member Robert Yudkin.

According to LePage, much planning, preparation and collaboration ensued in the process of organizing the prom event. Rotary Interact Club members joined forces with students from other school clubs and groups, including members of the Friends of Rachel Club, who were able to get Mr. Dan Hurley to volunteer his services as an outstanding disc jockey for the 50's themed event. The Italian National Honor Society, led by faculty member Maria Colangelo, volunteered to prepare dozens of delicious desserts. Many students helped in the various areas of planning. Several students solicited donations for the dinner portion of the evening. Plainville's J. Timothy's Restaurant donated Chicken Marsala and herb rice (enough to feed approximately 150), Pagliacci's Restaurant donated several pans of baked Penne pasta and various fresh baked breads, and Applebee's Restaurant donated the salad " all three restaurants helping to make this event a success.

Plainville's Food Service Manager Jim Bondi, supplied the high school's cafeteria as a staging area and provided coffee and tea. Culinary teacher Al LeSage helped to ensure that the food was kept warm and ready to serve throughout the evening. Faculty member Thomas Riccardo created a "photo booth" to capture the memories of the evening through photos for guests. Fellow faculty member Mary Jobs assisted with planning, picking up supplies, and set up of the entire cafeteria. Students created props and decorations for the room, and school district custodian Mike Turcotte Sr. donated records from the 50's time period to use as displays and decorations. "The whole evening really came together nicely, and evolved into the perfect setting for our first attempt at this prom," noted LePage.

Throughout the event, senior citizen guests were gracious and complimentary. Many thank you notes, cards, emails, and donations were received after the event to support next year's event preparations. State Representative Elizabeth Boukus was also in attendance, and made a donation to help purchase supplies.

"All things considered, this was a very successful event. To see our students pulling together toward a common goal for the community was a powerful experience. It was a lot of work and time and planning, but in the end it was worth every minute," explained LePage.

"The kids can't wait to do this again next year, and somehow, I suspect that we will have an even larger crowd. We hosted 80 seniors this year, but I expect that this number will double next year. It was really powerful to see our students glow in the happiness that they brought to the senior members of the community, whether through sharing a meal, a kind word, or a dance. I can't wait until "Senior Prom" 2014!"

-Posted on May 7, 2013 at 02:05 PM

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