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Senior Citizen Prom returns to Tigard High School later this month

Popular dance expected to bring more than 100 senior citizens, students together Jan. 31.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Seniors dance during the 'Senior Citizens Prom' at Tigard High School last year. The annual dance brings together seniors and high school students for an afternoon of music and mingling.Tigard High School's annual Senior Prom is coming up fast, and seniors from across the area are getting their dancing shoes ready for the big day.

Senior citizens, that is.

Tigard High School’s prom may not be for several months, but that won’t step several students and senior citizens from cutting a rug next weekend at the school’s annual Senior Citizens Prom.

Hosted by the school’s leadership club and featuring the styling’s of the Tigard High School jazz band, the annual dance brings students and senior’s together for an afternoon of fun.

Check it out:

What: Senior Citizens Prom at Tigard High School

Where: 9000 S.W. Durham Road, in Tigard

When: 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31

How much: Free. Call 503-431-5400 by Jan. 25 to RSVP

“It’s so great to see the high school connecting with their elders,” said Lauren Brown, 16. “That’s not something that kids are exposed to every day.”

The “Singin’ in the Rain”-themed event begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, in the Tigard High School cafeteria, 9000 S.W. Durham Road.

The dance is free and open to the public.

The Senior Citizens Prom has been held at the school for nearly two decades, Brown said.

More than 100 people are expected to attend this year’s dance, SUBMITTED PHOTO - The dance brings the community together, event organizers said, with students learning from their elders, and vice versa.Brown said. Several nearby retirement centers bus guests to the semi-formal event.

“I love it and the seniors love it,” said Brown, a junior and the head of the school’s student body activities committee. “We get a lot of folks saying that they can’t wait for next year’s dance.”

Brown started attending the Senior Citizens prom as a freshman and said she can't imagine not participating each year.

“This is one of my favorite events because it brings so much happiness to people of all ages, and is a unique event to the Tigard community,” she said.

Brown said that while the dancing is fun, the event’s popularity is because of it brings generations together.

“It’s a personal connection,” Brown said. “There are so many laughs. None of us are professional dancers, but they love teaching us the dance steps they know and interacting with us.”

Brown said that students get as much out of the experience as the seniors do.

“We host this event annually to encourage a sense of community between multiple generations,” said Brown. “This fun environment creates laughter and lifelong memories for all ages.”

To RSVP, call 503-431-5400 by Jan. 25.

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor, The Times
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