Thanks to the efforts of Canfield High School staff and students who have assisted in meeting a need with their CHS Dress Drive Benefit, many local teenage girls who might otherwise not have had the means will be able to say yes to the dress.
With the event held March 7 through 30, the school has been collecting unwanted/unneeded formal and semi-formal dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories, the majority of which will be donated to numerous local service agencies, including Rescue Mission, and Sojourner House.
According to CHS teacher and junior class advisor Kate Bernard, the remainder of the formalwear will make its way to the Fairy Goodmothers, a non-profit organization which, according to its website is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the self-esteem of high school girls in central Ohio by providing the gift of a prom dress to any high school girl who lacks the means with which to acquire her own.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
CHS teacher and junior class advisor, Kate Bernard, and student council advisor, Nicole Vlajkovich, standing, who kicked off the CHS Dress Drive Benefit by donating their own dresses, are pictured with students Olivia Conti, Gina Speziale, and (sitting): Marla Marucci, and Casey Flanagan.
Teamed with student council advisor Nicole Vlajkovich, Bernard said the junior class and student council have offered to pay the shipping to Columbus, and according to Vlajkovich, students took the initial school announcements and e-mails one step further, reaching out via Facebook and Twitter, for what has concluded as a dress success.