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Dancing with the Seniors

Dancing with the Seniors

On Friday, April 17, 2015 Colonia High School hosted the annual Dancing with the Seniors dance for local senior citizens in the community at Colonia High from 4P.M. to 8 P.M.  in the gymnasium.

During blocks one and two Colonia High School students who signed up to volunteer during Dancing with the Seniors decorate the gym. The students set up tables and chairs; decorated the tables with tablecloths and a flower arranged centerpiece. The sides of the gym were decorated with streamers and intertwined lights. This year the color scheme was blue and white. In one corner of the gym was a set up photo booth with props included as a bonus. This year was the first year a photo booth was included at Dancing with the Seniors, which turned out to be a huge hit. The dance included dinner and dessert with coffee for both the seniors and volunteers. The student volunteers also help serve dinner along with the desserts, including coffee, cake and ice cream. When the students are finished serving dinner they go find themselves an empty seat at the table with the senior citizens and ask to join them; starting up conversations with them as well. There is also plenty of sugar free dessert items for those who either cannot have sugar filled desserts, or for who to follow a low sugar diet. The big hit of Dancing with the Seniors was, of course, the dancing and music. The DJ, who provided this event with music, was a Colonia High School graduate herself.

Miss Davison, Mrs. Meade and Ms. Wojcich spreading smiles at Dancing with the Seniors
Photo Credit: Alyssa Lage
Miss Davison, Mrs. Meade and Ms. Wojcich spreading smiles at Dancing with the Seniors

Sometimes some people beg the question if the senior citizens or the high school student volunteers enjoy Dancing with the Seniors dance more, because a great deal of fun is truly eminent on the smiling faces from everyone who is apart of the dance.

Science teacher and Colonia Senior Class Advisor, Mrs. Michelina Hernandez expressed, “The senior citizens dance was an extremely gratifying experience. Our local seniors had an opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of food and dancing.”

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The senior citizen dance gives the senior citizens an opportunity to attend an event they can get together with all of their friends; dress up, take silly pictures and have an awesome time with their friends, new and old.  Senior Samantha Girod who attend the Dancing with the Seniors for the first time this year noted, “It was a great experience to bring different aspects of the community together.”

During the evening Woodbridge Township Mayor John McCormac asked for a moment of everyone’s time to thank everybody who made the night possible, thank all the students who volunteered and the senior citizens ho came out to enjoy the evening. Overall, this years’s Dancing with the Seniors evening was a huge successful and most people thoroughly enjoyed the event.

 

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Alyssa Lage
Alyssa Lage, Spring Reporter and Editor
Alyssa Lage is a senior at Colonia High School. She is the President of the Interact club and is also a member of numerous other clubs. Last year, Lage received the President's Volunteer Service Award and the Middlesex County school boards association student recognition award.  Lage spends most of her time volunteering for a variety of different causes. She also loves to dance and has been doing so since she was three years old. In addition, Lage works at a local supermarket four to five days a week. When she isn't busy dancing, working, completing school work, or volunteering; Lage can be found getting too emotionally attached to a book, listening to her favorite music stations on Pandora, or free writing in her favorite notebook. Also, Lage enjoys running and she absolutely loves coffee. She will be attending Montclair State University next fall and will be majoring in Child Advocacy and Policy.

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