Female graduates who are desirous of attending their school prom this year, but lack the financial means to purchase a new dress for the highly anticipated occasion are being offered a viable option to obtain a dress.
This as Carleen Heather Marshall, Youth Coordinator at the Chauncey Methodist Church has embarked on a prom dress recycling programme dubbed the “Cinderella Project”.
In an interview with WEFM News, on Thursday, Miss Marshall said she decided to initiate this project in light of the fact that many prom dresses are expensive, and because of this high cost some students are unable to attend their school prom.
“The Cinderella Project is a prom dress recycling programme that is aimed at helping parents for whom the cost of getting a prom dress may be exorbitant. So what we have done is ask persons who do not mind parting with their dresses to give them to us and then we pass them on to girls who are willing to take up on the offer,” Miss Marshall said.
She said that so far the response to the programme has been overwhelming, with them having received dresses from persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as in New York.
Miss Marshall said there is a service charge of $25 for use of the dresses; however, special arrangements can be made for persons who are unable to afford to pay that fee.
She said the prom dresses are available at the Old Timmy School building in Kingstown, and persons can visit on Mondays to Thursday after 3:30pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm to view the dresses.
Miss Marshall said they have dresses ranging in size from petite to size 22.