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Bethel Preschoolers Dance The Night Away At Pint-Sized Prom

A young "couple" attends the preschool prom for the Little Wildcats at Bethel High School.
A young "couple" attends the preschool prom for the Little Wildcats at Bethel High School. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Allison Renner, a senior at Bethel High School, shares a laugh with a young prom-goer.
Allison Renner, a senior at Bethel High School, shares a laugh with a young prom-goer. Photo Credit: Contributed
A young boy dons a Vikings helmet for the photo booth at the preschool prom at Bethel High School.
A young boy dons a Vikings helmet for the photo booth at the preschool prom at Bethel High School. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Girls in the Little Wildcats program receive party favors.
Girls in the Little Wildcats program receive party favors. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Bethel High School senior Allison Renner shares the prom spotlight with two preschool girls in the Young Wildcats program.
Bethel High School senior Allison Renner shares the prom spotlight with two preschool girls in the Young Wildcats program. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Bethel High School students in a child development class taught by Hannah Lopp helped Little Wildcats enjoy the "prom."
Bethel High School students in a child development class taught by Hannah Lopp helped Little Wildcats enjoy the "prom." Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Twin sisters take a picture with Bethel High School students at the preschool prom.
Twin sisters take a picture with Bethel High School students at the preschool prom. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
A girl smiles while talking to a friend at the "prom."
A girl smiles while talking to a friend at the "prom." Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Siblings of the young students watched the festivities on "prom" night.
Siblings of the young students watched the festivities on "prom" night. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Students and young children enjoy taking pictures at the prom.
Students and young children enjoy taking pictures at the prom. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
Students decorated the school with Disney themes for the preschool prom.
Students decorated the school with Disney themes for the preschool prom. Photo Credit: Allison Renner
A Bethel High School helps a boy enjoy the preschool prom.
A Bethel High School helps a boy enjoy the preschool prom. Photo Credit: Contributed
A boy donned shades at the preschool prom at Bethel High School.
A boy donned shades at the preschool prom at Bethel High School. Photo Credit: Contributed

BETHEL, Conn. -- May is prom season for area schools, and that included a magical night for some preschool students in Bethel at a pint-sized event prepared just for them.

Girls and boys ages 3 to 5 wore fancy dresses, handsome suits, painted nails and dolled-up hair last Thursday for the prom at Bethel High School.

Assisted by students in a child development class taught by Hannah Lopp, children in the Little Wildcats program celebrated at the prom.

It was the first time the school hosted the dance for the young children. High school students work year-round with the preschoolers, and learn how children develop, physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. The high school students are paired with a preschool buddies to engage in hands-on learning experiences and create lasting bonds with the children.

The Disney-themed prom included girls wearing outfits from their favorite princesses, and boys decked out in jackets and ties.

""My students went above and beyond making this night magical for their preschool buddies,'' Lopp said. "Both high school students and the Little Wildcats had a great time dancing, socializing, and of course utilizing the photo booth. It was a ton of fun and we hope it's something that will become a yearly event for the program."

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