I attended my first senior prom this week, alas without a colorful satin dress and glittering high heels. In fact, while everyone was impeccably dressed, the fashion statement of the evening – at least for LHS students -- was black and white and flats.

In a twist from the traditional prom season, the LHS prom-goers on April 17 served as waiters – and dance partners – for Livingston’s senior citizen community who enjoyed a very senior, senior prom. There was live music from the LHS jazz band, photographs, and a first dance for the night’s king and queen.

Twenty-five years ago, my father was a proud LHS parent whose youngest daughter was among the student volunteers who helped at the first of these dinner-dances organizers called the Intergenerational Prom.

This year, my father, Walter Joyce, was crowned the prom king. He looked dapper in a black top hat twirling the bejeweled prom queen, junior LHS student Lauren DiFalco around the dance floor.

“I enjoy being with older people,” Lauren said after their dance. “Three of my grandparents died before I was born so I enjoy being with this generation.”

That was the idea 25 years ago when organizers presented the first prom to create a learning experience to allow the students and seniors to socialize, have fun, and get to know one another.

This year’s theme, “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” featured a set designed by Brian Megaro and scenic artist Jaimey Shapey, where memories of the evening were preserved with classic prom photographs. Their dance moves? Captured on film by LTV. 

The evening is made possible by generous donations from community and school organizations, as well as local merchants. Elected officials from the Livingston Board of Education, Town Council, Livingston Senior, Youth & Leisure Services, and LHS students in Key Club served as hosts. 

And for my first prom, all the more special by stepping out on the dance floor with the very handsome (in my eyes) prom king.

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