April is the time for many things: spring break, college decisions and … prom.
On April 8, Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 30362 put together a prom for approximately 75 senior citizens at Brompton Heights, an assisted living facility in Williamsville. The eight girls in the troop are all seniors at Williamsville North High School and were happy to work on the project, which they endearingly called “Senior’s Prom.”
This was not the first time the Scout troop put together a “Senior’s Prom.” The first time was in summer of 2008 as the girls worked to earn their Silver Award. That project took 45 hours, and the troop learned dances like the waltz and fox trot so they could dance with the residents.
This time, the girls were thrilled that so many residents came to the prom. The theme was “The Secret Garden,” and the girls decorated the dining and dancing areas with tissue paper flowers. They also made boutonnieres and corsages for each resident. Residents were encouraged to dance to music played by Joe Peters and E.B. Green’s Jackie Jacko, a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. The music spanned from the jazz age to the 1950s, allowing the residents to reminisce with songs from their past.
“The Girl Scout-hosted senior prom was wonderful,” said resident Josephine Rizzo. “The girls were beautifully dressed and so well-mannered. It was quite a success, people are still talking about it.”
Helen Kurzdorfer, recreation director at Brompton Heights, said the residents will be talking about the event for a while.
“Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 30362, under the direction of leader Kyle DeRoo and co-leader Debbie Brown, hosted a memorable evening for our residents,” said Kurzdorfer. “Our ‘senior prom’ will be the topic for discussion for some time! The girls put a lot of work into decorating, making corsages/boutonnieres and providing wrapped gifts for all the residents. What our residents will remember most is all the love and attention showered on them.”
The girls in the troop took turns dancing with the residents and serving hors d’oeuvres. Door prizes were given to every resident that attended, and the girls wrapped the prizes and ushered each resident to the prize table.
“I enjoyed everything – especially the dancing,” said resident Connie Fried.
The residents at Brompton Heights taught the scouts a thing or two as well.
“My favorite part was dancing with a resident named Theresa who clearly was a crazy dancer back in the day,” said Taylor Brown, one of the troop members. Theresa Muffoletto taught Taylor and other scouts her own style of dancing throughout the night.
“My favorite person to dance with was John,” says Caroline Jette, another member of the troop. “He was always dancing to his own rhythm that I would spend most of each song trying to figure out. He was always talking about something and loved trying to get everyone involved.”
The girls had a great time talking to the residents and reminiscing with them about their proms.
There was no question that the troop would be back to host another prom when asked by Brompton Heights to return. There was no badge or award earned this time, yet the girls were all excited to organize the prom for the residents. The troop made sure that every resident who came to the event was happy and ready to delve into the magic of prom.
“I definitely felt we made a difference when everyone thanked us, even those who couldn’t dance,” said troop member Natalie Popielski.
Emily DeRoo is a senior at Williamsville North High School.