P.A.L.S. to Hold a Prom for Senior Citizens This May

Posted on February 19, 2019 By

Never had a Senior Prom? Wish you could have a “do over” for the Senior Prom you did have? It’s now possible. Students in the Lakewood High School (LHS) P.A.L.S. (Pupil Assisted Learning Services) and SLE (Structured Learning Experience) programs are planning “A Night of Stars,” the 14th annual Lakewood High School Prom for Senior Citizens, on Friday, May 10, 2019, in the Lakewood High School cafeteria and Commons.

Gay Huggins-Dickey, the P.A.L.S. coordinator, said students will crown a Prom King and Queen; the LHS Chef’s Club under the direction of James Conroy, the Culinary Arts teacher and the Club’s Executive Chef, will prepare a sit-down dinner; the LHS JROTC will present colors; DJ Jimmy Givens will provide music; and LHS photography and videography students will record and photograph the event for prom-goers.

Because seating is very limited, a lottery will be used to randomly select attendees. The deadline to enter the lottery is March 15, 2019. The drawing will take place March 18.

Ballots will appear in local newspapers, churches, and in adult communities. Also, individuals can email entries that include a name, address, and telephone number to gdickey@lakewoodpiners.org; or send letters or postcards to P.A.L.S. Office, c/o Mrs. Dickey, Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue, Lakewood, NJ, 08701. The winners will receive invitations by mail, valid for the recipient and one guest.

Dickey said, “We thank the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event. Our students look forward to hosting ‘seniors’ from our Ocean County communities for A Night of Stars, a wonderful night to remember. Former P.A.L.S. students often return to volunteer their time, and current P.A.L.S. students talk about the gala for many months.”

For more information, call Gay Huggins-Dickey at 732-905-3500 Ext 7402.

About P.A.L.S. (Pupil Assisted Learning Services): P.A.L.S. is an elective class that includes four major components – civic participation, character development, career exploration, and service-learning. Students participate in projects and activities that make a difference by helping others, thus forming a link between school and community. Volunteering with community organizations enables students to use their free time productively. Learning experiences, such as job shadowing, mentoring, senior citizen outreach, computer tutoring, supervised childcare, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations, enriches everyone’s lives. P.A.L.S includes occasional after school, evening, or weekend events for which attendance may be required.

About SLE (Structured Leaning Experience): SLE, an internship program, is a learning experience for eligible high school seniors who have meet all graduation requirements and are seeking a limited hands-on experience for 25 hours or more. Students fulfilling SLE requirements can be considered for academic internships that allow interns to gain exposure to the duties required for entry-level in a particular career. This pre-professional opportunity is specific and project-based, with supervision by an experienced professional who provides guidance.