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The 8th Annual Connections Senior Citizen Prom
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:48

The Connections program under Manhattanville College's Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice hosted its 8th Annual Senior Citizen Prom on April 27, 2012. The Prom was a platform that connected Manhattanville College students and senior citizens in an interactive way, as students mingled with the senior citizens, entertained them with various performances, and served them dinner.

The Connections program is focused on connecting Manhattanville students with the senior citizens of various assisted living apartments throughout Westchester County. Every semester, student volunteers travel to about ten apartments to socialize with the senior citizens. The program culminates with the Prom, which is held at the end of the academic year.

"We probably meet over 300 senior citizens every school year," said Craig Donnelly, Coordinator for the Duchesne Center. "For our prom this year we wanted to go back to our history and invite the very first two apartments we started with eight years ago: Kingsport in Port Chester and Station Plaza in Westchester. "

Student volunteers at the event provided a wide variety of performances, ranging from ethnic dances to piano solos. They also joined the senior citizens for a dance. The senior citizens Efren Cintron and Vicky Driggs, who demonstrated the most enthusiasm during the dance, were awarded the Prom King and Prom Queen titles respectively.

"I love to see the connection between the students and seniors every year," Donnelly said.