Melbourne Central Catholic High School, Melbourne, FL
Project: Nifty Fifties for the Young and Young at Heart
For the 2006–07 school year, the Melbourne Central Catholic chapter of NHS decided to host their area's first ever Senior Citizen Prom. Their goal was to create a 50's themed event filled with fun. The chapter publicized the event through the local newspaper, and the weekly bulletins of local parishes. The parish leaders were enthusiastic about the event and allowed the members to speak to parishioners at mass services and to place invitation cards in the parish newsletters. They also posted bulletins at a nearby nursing home.
The members turned the gymnasium into a scene from the 1950's complete with posters of iconic film stars, 50's-era music, and themed attire. The event's entertainment committee, comprised of musically-gifted members, performed old favorites like Fever, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. They also performed songs on request from the audience. The music ensemble included guitarists, a pianist, a drummer and choir. The Dance Committee met weekly to practice dances like the jive and lindy hop so that they could keep up with their older counterparts on the dance floor.
The event surpassed the members' expectations in the level of enjoyment and satisfaction. The event was originally scheduled to end at 9 pm. Instead, the audience was eagerly awaiting the next song at the time! The members were gracious hosts as well as great dance partners and worked hard to ensure that all involved had a meaningful experience.
For their efforts, Melbourne Central Catholic High School is the recipient of an Outstanding Service Project award.