Community Donates prom attire for upperclassman


Nikia Clark, Staff Writer

Lines of colorful dresses and suits filled the Student Art Center March 14 from 1:30-3:30. Named the Prom Pop-Up shop, this new experience allowed students an opportunity to try on prom attire and accessories with the chance to borrow the items if wanted.

“The goal was to provide prom dresses, jewelry, shoes and mens clothing to our students who were interested in going to prom and would like a free outfit for their big night,” Christine Woodward, social worker, said.

This was the first time U. City has offered this event. The day was sponsored by the U. City Boutique, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the counseling office. Girls on the Run donated most of the dresses, but members of the community also contributed dresses and suits. 

“The result of this event was 14 dresses given away, one man’s attire given away and a lot of jewelry as well,” Woodward said. 

Even though not everyone ended up choosing prom attire, the experience still influenced some students’ decisions. 

“While some students chose dresses, not everyone did,” Kiaira Fall, senior, said. “I did not end up picking one of the dresses. I did end up getting a dress very similar to one they were offering, though.”

Kenya Calvert, senior, also attended the event and did choose a dress, a long red ballgown. 

“I decided to attend this event because I wanted to check it out and see what it was all about,” Calvert said. “My experience with this event was good. I saw some pretty things that I liked. I felt like a princess.”