‘Cinderella’s Closet’ opens Friday at NCHS

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Project collects prom dresses for girls in need

By Kacie Goode

A classroom at Nelson County High School has been temporarily transformed into a brightly-colored closet as students and staff continue a service project aimed at helping area girls get ready for prom.

The Cinderella’s Closet event started when students were looking for a service project they would enjoy and one that would actually benefit the community.

“We realized a need for prom dresses for girls that wouldn’t be able to afford one, but still wanted to go to prom,” said senior Madelyn Washburn, who has been helping with the project since last year. The service is important with prom dresses often costing upwards of $200.

Washburn and fellow NCHS seniors Erin Neal and Janet Newton, as well as teacher Courtney Briney, have helped spearhead the collection effort, which has seen a huge response for the second event.

“We have over 200 dresses,” Neal said, with other donations coming in.

On Friday, girls from across the county and surrounding areas are invited to try the dresses on and pick one out that they like. The free service helps girls feel a little more confident on prom night and takes away at least part of the financial burden of high school’s big event.

In addition to preparing for the event on Friday, this year’s Cinderella’s Closet has also been open for students over the last few months for other occasions, such as Winter Formal, Homecoming and special school banquets.

Cinderella’s Closet will be open 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday in the Nelson County High School cafeteria. Guests are encouraged to arrive before 8 p.m. to have time to look.

“It’s for all girls in the community,” who have a need, Newton said, adding that they do not have to be an NCHS student to take part.

Reservations are encouraged but not required, and can be made at thefairygodmotherss.weebly.com under the “I need a dress” tab. In addition to providing dresses, organizers hope to offer minor alterations and there will also be a sign-up sheet for hair and makeup on prom day.

Those interested in sponsoring the project or donating dresses and services can contact organizers on Facebook, visit the website or bring items to the front office. Donations of more plus-sized dresses, as well as shoes and jewelry are needed.