At the beginning of every year, students throughout our town start planning for prom. For many seniors, prom is an important experience, but a number of students can’t participate due to economic hardships. From clothes to photos, to flowers, to stylists, budgets for prom can quickly get very pricey.
The William S. Hart School District is starting a new program to help students in need who can’t afford all of the trappings. Project Prom is an idea from Terry Deloria, Director of Special Programs to help students get past the financial burden by supplying the items that prom-bound kids need to make the night special.
The Assistance league has partnered with Project Prom and sought the help of their membership to donate anything from dresses and tuxedos to jewelery and evening bags.
Even though this is the first year for Project Prom, the response from the community is growing fast.
“We have home owners associations, churches, sewing circles, Santa Clarita Safe Rides, and different groups who are all gathering dresses and bringing them over to the Hart District for this program,” explains Terry.
Flair Beauty College has also stepped in to help the kids. Their students will provide guys with a shampoo and cut and girls with an up-do. Flair Cleaners will help with alterations if the donated formal wear doesn’t quite fit. Local sewing circles will also help with minor alterations if needed.
Once a student is chosen, an adult volunteer will personally assist the student in selecting their attire and/or altering their clothing for a custom fit.
As Project Prom expands over the next year, the district would like to include Winter Formal and accept juniors into the program. In the future, Project Prom would also like to help students with other aspects such as photos and financial assistance with prom tickets.
The public is also encouraged to donate. For more information on Project Prom, contact the Hart District at (661) 259-0033.