PORT CHESTER, N.Y. Students from Port Chester High School's Women's Ensemble, Drama Club, ASPIRE After School program and Poetry Slam Contest visited the Senior Center on Tuesday and performed a special cabaret cafe for the village's seniors.
The musical celebration, which is in its third year, is sponsored by the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition.
"It's developing into a nice tradition that the seniors really look forward to," said Joan Gragengois-Thomas, a coalition volunteer.
Among the students who performed was Rose Veltri, a Port Chester High School junior who was recently nominated for Outstanding Vocal Performance by the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards for her performance in "All Shook Up."
In addition to the student performances, the crowd and students were treated to special performances from seniors Carol and Hubert Pratt, who sang a touching rendition of Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love."
Coalition coordinator Jennifer Myers said the program began as a way to cultivate intergenerational activities within the community.
"The nicest part about it for me is having the youth perform for the seniors and the seniors perform for the youth," Myers said. "What better way to bring the youth and seniors together than music?"
Port Chester Village Trustee Luis Marino was in attendance and spoke about the importance of the coalition to the village youth and seniors.
"It's a really good organization that helps the people," Marino said. "The seniors love these kind of shows, and it's great to see the kids come out like this."
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