Prom is getting close, and that means it’s time for young women in the area to start looking for hairstyles, shoes and, most importantly, dresses.
The new fairy godmother Prom Dress Extravaganza at Richmond High School is designed to ensure that every girl gets to go to prom without spending a lot of money for a dress.
Teacher Jill Pence got the idea from similar programs in other communities. Pence began organizing the program with the help of loosely knit group of teachers.
Anyone from Richmond, Stet, Lawson, Hardin-Central, Orrick or Polo may bring in a gently worn formal dress to Richmond High School. The dress may be any color and any size. In return, participants can walk out with a different dress.
“The dresses are for any girl going to any prom from any of these schools,” Pence said.
Students who don’t have a dress to donate can simply donate $10 and select a donated dress. If a participant is not able to find a dress, a refund is available.
Donated dresses can be brought to Pence or counselor Courtney Swafford at Richmond High School during school hours. Dresses will be accepted now through Feb 20. Pence said anyone can donate dresses –even people who don’t want a dress in exchange.
The Richmond High School commons will be turned into a dress shop on Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Dresses can also be dropped off at 9 a.m. on Feb. 28, but participants may not start shopping until 9:30 a.m.
All money donated will go towards the RHS Backpack Club.
“The more dresses we have, the more fun the exchange will be,” Pence said.
– Hannah Todd is a Richmond High
School student and a staff member
of the Chariot Newspaper