Free Prom dresses offered


Henry Hoang

Senior Hemen Besufekad looks at donated prom dress in the Parent Resource Center. Pop-up shop will begin Wed. March 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thurs. March 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jude Nanaw, Co-Editor in Chieg

With the Class of 2019 Prom set to be taking place on April 6, there will be a return in the Princess for a Night (PFAN) project. The program, which has been ongoing for 15 years, assists students across the region with participating in Prom.

Community members donate items such as dresses, shoes, purses, make-up and more to the project which are collected by local high schools. Items are then made available to and provided to students in the weeks leading up to Prom. Over 300 students from local high schools were outfitted with dresses for Prom.

“The nice thing about the Princess for a Night donations and Pop Up Prom shop is that students that may not able to afford a dress or shoes or accessories will have the opportunity to shop for these items,” Assistant Principal Monica Bentley said.

Along with formal dresses being collected, gently used shoes, handbags, jewelry and unused makeup such as cosmetics, are being collected. Collection of donations at AHS began on March 4 and will continue being collected through March 29 in the main office.

“I think that it is a really nice thing for the school to participate in a project like Princess for a Night,” senior Hemen Besufekad said. “Not everyone is in the financial place to afford a dress and other items for Prom so making these things available to students in need is considerate.”

With items for donation being collected throughout the rest of the month, there will be two Pop Up Prom dress shop dates taking place which will be for AHS students only. Students will have the opportunity to shop for items on March 20 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and March 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The pop up dress shop will be located in the Parent Resource Center.

“It gives every student that may not have a dress thee opportunity to come and look at what we have,” Bentley said.