The Somerset Berkley Regional High School Girl Up Club has scheduled a prom dress giveaway at the high school for area teens.
According to Tracy Medeiros, who along with Christina Burgmyer advise the club, the group wanted to help with the cost of what can be a very expensive event. “The students wanted to do something that would benefit students in our community. Prom/dance season can be so expensive, and we realize some students and families either can’t afford a new prom dress and accessories, or would rather spend their hard-earned money on other things. So, we decided to have the prom dress drive to help with the outrageous costs of proms and semi formal events these days. We also wanted to open the drive to students beyond our SBRHS community. Students from any area schools (Fall River, Swansea, Westport, New Bedford, etc) are welcome. We have a good selection of gently used dresses to choose from. We also have some shoes, purses, and jewelry as well.”
Members of the community who were interested in donating the new or gently used dresses and accessories, dropped them off at drop off dates in April.
The Girl Up Club is in it’s first year of existence at SBRHS, but, as this drive indicates, they are quickly making an impact on the community. Senior Alex Celia who is the club’s current president, was interested in starting a chapter of the club at the school. Alex approached administration which in turn accepted her request. She later went through the process of finding advisors and looking for members. Girl Up has members from all grades at the school and they are hoping the underclass students will keep the club active. The club itself is open to all genders and is based on the idea of promoting the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls.
The Girl Up Club prom dress giveaway is scheduled for SBRHS on Saturday, May 5th, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.