St. Joseph Academy Students Again Host Senior Citizen Proms
A Lakewood tradition continued this year, bigger and better than ever. Once again, high school students from the CARE Youth Group at St. Joseph Academy volunteered to host a “Senior Prom” for senior citizen residents of Lakewood, complete with music, dancing, and food. The response from last year’s event was so overwhelming that two Lakewood organizations requested that the event be held at their facility this year. Rather than disappoint either group, the young women responded by graciously giving up two consecutive weekend nights to accommodate both requests.
On Friday, April 15, the first prom was held at Fedor Manor on Madison Avenue. Mary Basko, Eileen Campbell, and John Beiber were selected as Prom Queens and King. The next night, Saturday, April 16, a second prom was held at Lakewood Senior Health Campus on Bunts Road. Mike and Netta Norcia, who were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary that night, were selected as King and Queen in an emotional celebration.
The students and the seniors had a wonderful time together, with each group learning some new songs and new dances. The bonds formed last year carried through, with young and old friends reuniting in a flurry of smiles and hugs. Plans are already underway for next year’s event. The City of Lakewood is proud that our intergenerational residents and volunteers enjoy being together so much, year after year.