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Lycoming College senior and resident advisor Laura Klym, along with a group of her current and past resident students, recently organized and participated in a "senior citizen prom" at the Williamsport Home.
Prom-goers spent the afternoon dancing and singing along to music. The event was themed "Once Upon a Time," and decorations consisted of light and dark blue balloons, star garland and silver starburst centerpieces. Each resident also received a corsage.
"It's amazing how just a few hours of our day can impact their lives for weeks," said Klym. "It was so awesome to be able to provide them with such an upbeat activity."
This was the second consecutive year students organized the prom. The Williamsport Home is looking to expand the event next year by encouraging more residents to attend. Klym, who organized the first two proms, will be graduating in the spring and hopes that another resident advisor will carry on the tradition.
In addition to the prom, Klym and her residents are planning to return to the Williamsport Home for caroling closer to the holidays.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.