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Seniors greet old friends at prom in Broadalbin

PERTH – The Broadalbin-Perth Intermediate School gym was filled Friday with seniors looking to have a good time; but they were not high school seniors.

Students of the Broadalbin-Perth middle and intermediate schools danced alongside senior citizens Friday as part of the sixth annual Senior Citizens Prom, put on by the Fulton County Office for the Aging and students from the National Junior Honor Society and the Student Council.

Andrea Fettinger, director of the OFA, said the event started six years ago. Senior citizens living in the district or who are graduates of the former Broadalbin or Perth school districts are invited to attend the prom, she said.

“I think this district instills respect and a love of your community and they want to know about where their community started,” Fettinger said.

Joe McDonald, a resident of Broadalbin, said he has lived in the area for 15 years, and has been coming to the event for the last five years. One of the biggest pulls for McDonald was getting to see old friends again.

“It is one of the few opportunities we get to meet friends we haven’t seen in months, or sometimes even years,” McDonald said.

Susan Peck, a graduate of Broadalbin Central School’s Class of 1961, spent the last 13 years in Florida. Now living in Clifton Park, Peck came to the prom with her friends, Sandy Murray and Sandy Writer, who graduated with her.

“It reminds [me] of times when we would have sockhops and the dances we would have in the gym,” Peck said.

Peck said to see all the work put into the event made her feel great, along with seeing her old friends again.

“We’ve kept in touch all these years,” Peck said.

Ava Naple, a seventh-grade student, said she has been volunteering at the event for two years.

“Its fun, and all the people here are so happy and nice,” Naple said.

Senior citizens were escorted into the event by middle schoolers, and got to eat and catch up with old friends.

Fettinger said students who volunteered received community service time.

“I think this district instills respect and a love of your community and they want to know about where their community started,” Fettinger said.