Issaquah teens will ask seniors at Providence Marianwood to be their partners at a dance next week.
The classic Harvest Dance is being planned by high school-aged members of the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board.
Teens from the group put on a dance several years ago for Aegis of Issaquah and it was a huge hit. When they heard that the residents at Marianwood were yearning to have a dance, they took on the challenge.
“What a blessing for us”, said Karla Heath, administrator of Marianwood. “Our residents love to interact with young people and they are so excited that their wish for a dance is coming true thanks to the energy and commitment of this group.”
The advisory group is under the guidance of their adult advisor, Cathy Jones, City of Issaquah recreational coordinator. The teens are helping put up decorations, setting up for the dance and cleaning up after the event.
The teens will use money raised from events throughout the year to buy the decorations and other supplies.
“I personally chose to lead this event because I enjoy conversing with the residents at Providence Marianwood and hearing about all the interesting things that they have done in their lifetime,” said Christina Abercrombie, a senior at Issaquah High School. “The Harvest Dance is the perfect opportunity for not only me, but also my fellow board members to connect with the older generation, which at times can be challenging for some teenagers.”