Prom Project dresses students to the nines – Ontario News

Prom Project dresses students to the nines – Ontario News

Students looking to save on their prom will have the chance to get completely outfitted for the big day at no cost.

Education Foundation of Niagara and PenFinancial Credit Union have collaborated to host the ninth Prom Project Niagara.

The one-day event allows any graduating elementary and secondary school students to meet all their outfit needs for prom and graduation.

On Saturday, April 8, students will be able to go to Beamsville Secondary School, Fort Erie Secondary School or St. Catharines Collegiate between 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, to pick out formal attire that best suits their personal tastes. Bus shuttles are running to St. Catharines Collegiate from Eastdale and Centennial secondary schools in Welland and Stamford and Westlane in Niagara Falls, to make the event more accessible to students in those cities.

The event helps save graduating students and their families a considerable amount of money, as the average student spends about $500 for the occasion, says a news release.

Dara Stephenson, program and communications co-ordinator for the education foundation, says the annual event was inspired by a conversation she overheard between two high school students.

“(One of the students) said she wasn’t going to be able to go to prom because she couldn’t afford it,” says Stephenson.

The organization based the concept on similar events across Canada and the U.S., and held the first Prom Project Niagara in 2009. “We had 36 students,” says Stephenson of their first year. “And last year we outfitted 500 students across the region.”

Over the nine years the project has been active, almost 2,000 Niagara students have been…

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