WASHINGTON HEIGHTS– High school seniors chaperoned and decorated the second annual Senior Prom by Health Outreach at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. The DJ played hits from “New York, New York” to the “Cupid Shuffle,” while seniors and high schoolers danced the merengue and enjoyed a lunch buffet.

HealthOutreach provides exercise and art classes, trips, monthly lectures, and events like these to people 60+ in the community. Membership is free and participants come at their own will. About 50 seniors attended the prom.

Rising seniors from John F. Kennedy and George Washington High Schools have an opportunity to intern at the New York Presbyterian Hospital for three weeks every summer. The internship is geared towards students who want to pursue a career in the medical field. Vianny Pimentel, a senior at JFK High School and a prospective doctor, said that the program “really made me think that this is what I want my career to be.”

Edna Quinones, a Bronx resident and longtime member of HealthOutreach, describes the program as a family. “We have so much fun here,” said Quinones, “so much fun that we need to be chaperoned!”

The following story appeared on the the front page and inside of the Manhattan Times, Aug. 19-25 edition.