Two groups of seniors – those graduating from Mamaroneck High School in a few weeks and those who left school many decades ago – gathered for a “senior prom” of sorts at the Sarah Neuman Adult Day Health Program on Thursday, May 28.
The MHS crowd – around fifteen students from the APPLE program – came dressed in gowns and suits. They were accompanied by Nick Cucchiarella, the director of APPLE (A Place People Learn Excellence).
Around 30 adults seniors joined in the dancing or watched the festivities. There was music, food, partner dancing, line dancing and conversation.
For Mell Santoro, a 1948 MHS graduate, it was a second chance at the prom. She didn’t get to go to the dance back in 1948. So “this was it,” she told the gathering to general applause.
“I couldn’t tell who enjoyed it more – the seniors from MHS or from the adult day program,” said Ruth Maderski, the therapeutic recreation coordinator who helped organize the event.
The prom was part of Homecoming Week, a nationwide effort by the American Association of Homes and Services for Aged to acquaint the community with life in a nursing home.