Hello there, Julie Taylor! I mean, Aimee Teegarden. I know it's cheesy and I'm too old for it, but when's that ever stopped me before? I am so seeing this movie.
Prom really is the quintessential high school experience. I was reminded of that this past weekend when Tara from Fiction Folio and I volunteered with the Glass Slipper Project:
The Glass Slipper Project ® is a non-profit organization that gives away free prom dresses and accessories to high school Juniors and Seniors in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. The Glass Slipper Project collects new and almost-new formal dresses and accessories and provides them, free of charge, to students who are unable to purchase their own prom attire. Students do not need to prove any type of financial hardship in order to get a dress from us.
We distribute the dresses at the Glass Slipper "boutiques"each prom season, where each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer "personal shopper" as she shops for the dress of her dreams.
What a dream-come-true experience. An abandoned school building on the South Side was filled with 12,000 dresses, all organized by size. Each room was for a different dress size, then within the room the dresses were organized by color on racks. And then on the racks by shades. It was overwhelmingly great.
Girls were assigned personal shopper volunteers and together they sorted through dresses to try on. I got a little teary when the first girl found THE PERFECT DRESS. The girl's mom was crying. So moving and emotional. It really took me back to MY proms and how great it felt to dress like a princess for one night.
Tara and I were in charge of hanging out in the dressing rooms, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the girls and then reracking dresses when they weren't quite right.
|A rainbow of shoe colors|
|The black purse table|
The girls then got to move on to separate rooms filled with jewelry, shoes, accessories and makeup--everything they needed for a perfect prom night. That's something every girl deserves. Five hundred girls got to have that dream come true last weekend, and we can't wait to help out again next year.
Anyone have any recommendations on prom books now that I'm in a prom-y mood? Loved Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, and it was sweet how excited Evie was about getting to go to prom in Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Would love to read more like that!