Cinderella Project offers dresses to borrow

Cinderella Project offers dresses to borrow
Posted on 09/09/2019
The dressing rooms at Tahoma High School are about to be filled with colors and sparkles. That’s because for the next several weeks, they’ll be home to the THS PTA’s Cinderella Project, which offers a large variety of dresses to students to borrow for free.

“This program is really for everybody,” said Jennifer Walker, who is chairing the project with Laurie Willis. “You’re going to get a really beautiful, one-of-a-kind dress. I like to say, ‘Why not just come look? If you walk away with nothing, it didn’t cost you anything.’”

Designed to offer free dresses to any student who wants to participate, the program has been run by the PTA for at least six years, Walker said. Some of the dresses are new with tags, and some are like-new.

“Every single dress is different. We have all different sizes,” she said. “I tell the girls that they’re going to go to the dance in a dress that is different from everybody.”

The dresses will be available during Power Hour Sept. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 in the performing arts center dressing rooms. Students who are interested should look for a mannequin in a dress that will be on display in the commons to help advertise the days the dresses are available.

Volunteers with the PTA maintain the collection, sorting through carefully after each event to retire any dresses that are beyond repair. They also keep separate collections for homecoming and prom, with each dress stored in separate garment bags.

“Each year we get donations. We are a little choosy about what we keep, so that we have a variety of sizes and pieces that are really classic and really beautiful,” Walker said. “I have one dress in the prom section that is really ’80s. I hold onto it because there will be that one girl who will come in and really rock it.”

In prior years there has been a stigma attached to the program that it was only for girls who couldn’t afford a dress, Walker said. “That’s not what it’s all about. Who can’t afford to save $100 or $200? They can then spend their money on nails and hair.”

The program also has a budget, which PTA members use to shop after homecoming and prom season to fill in gaps in the collection for sizes or styles. In addition to dresses, they have a limited selection of shoes. The program does not currently offer suits.

Anyone who would like to donate to the program can bring good-condition dresses to the high school front office.
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