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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Nearly 20 first-year Lycoming College students and their resident assistant, Laura Klym, organized a "senior citizens prom" at the Williamsport Home on Nov. 13.
The event, themed "A Waltz Down Memory Lane," featured solo guitarist Steve Sutherlan performing music by Elvis Presley, the Temptations and other artists of the past 50 years. Sutherlan has been playing at the Williamsport Home since 2006.
The students organized the prom as a social activity that would allow them to give back to the community.
"Programs like the senior prom at the Williamsport Home represent the best of both residence hall programming and the resident's themselves," says Dr. Dan Miller, dean of student affairs at Lycoming. "It is impressive that a floor of first-year students led by their RA, Laura Klym, took the initiative to make a difference in the day of another by the giving of time, energy and joy."
Lycoming's students decorated the home with balloons and 1950s-style centerpieces. Prom-goers were given corsages made of baby's breath and a variety of colored carnations. The event was coordinated with the help of Becky Woodring, director of activities and volunteer coordinator at the Williamsport Home.
Klym, a junior criminology major from Baltimore, Md., is a resident assistant for a floor of freshmen women residing in Asbury Hall. The group of students has come to be known as "The Pink Ladies."
"It's always fun to do social events with each other, but there's nothing more rewarding to do something for someone else who genuinely appreciates it," Klym said. "Everyone, including the senior citizens, looked stunning. Although most of them were either in a wheelchair or used a walker, they danced with us and had a great time sharing their stories."