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Masquerade Theme for 34th Annual Prom
Monday, June 08, 2015
It was the hottest night of the year on Friday, May 8, as the students in the Special and Alternative Education and Therapeutic Support Programs (TSP) at the F. Donald Myers Education Center trickled in to their prom held at Saratoga Spa Catholic High School.
Before making their way into the auditorium which has been decorated to match this year’s theme of “Masquerade,” the 24 students in attendance stopped to get their official prom photo taken in front of the glittery silver backdrop.
Dr. Shawn Hunziker, Myers Center Principal noted, “The prom is an opportunity for students to interact with each other and staff in a different format, which strengthens the students’ rapport with staff ultimately providing a positive impact in the classroom. It gives students a chance to dress up, socialize and experience a prom, which they might not have the opportunity to do at their home school. It’s a great opportunity for students to use their social or soft skills.”
“The prom is a very collaborative effort,” said one of this year’s coordinators for the prom, Mary Moyles, who is also a teaching assistant in the program. She explained that for students who do not have a dress or suit, shoes or jewelry, they may choose from a wide variety of formal wear that’s available in their very own boutique at the Myers Center. BOCES staff members assist with alterations on clothing that has been donated by the community.
This was the 34th year that the junior class at Spa Catholic High School has coordinated the event as one of their community service projects.
In addition to Myers Special and Alternative Education and TSP faculty and staff chaperoning the event, Career and Technical Education students in Chef Maureen Clancy’s culinary class made a masquerade-themed cake, horticulture students in Doug Fleischut’s class created corsages and boutonnieres, and cosmetology students in Ben Vassi’s and Kerri Bruno’s classes styled hair and provided manicures for those in attendance.
In addition to Mrs. Moyles, many thanks to the prom committee members: Diane Rossi, Laura Rychcik and Debbie Beaulieu.