Project at UNT to help girls find prom dresses

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Several high schools girls who might not have been able to afford formal wear will be able to feel like a princess on prom night, thanks to the help of University of North Texas students.

Through the Cinderella Project at UNT residence halls, project coordinators and staff have collected more than 200 dresses and other formal wear that high school students can try on today and Saturday and take home for free.

“Girls aren’t always willing to admit when they can’t afford the dress,” said Crystal Romero, a hall director working on the project. “There’s a lot of pressure to afford the latest styles.”

From 4 to 8 p.m. today, girls and their friends or parents can go to the Denton Wesley Foundation at 1501 Maple St. to pick out dresses, which can then be altered and tailored for free by seamstresses on site.

They can also go on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Romero said.

The room will be color-coordinated, and Romero suggested girls bring a friend or their mom to help them decide on the right dress.

Several of the dresses are already posted on the group’s Facebook page to help preview the event.

UNT students who are student teachers at local high schools have helped spread the word of the event and posted fliers around schools, careful to be discreet about the event so as to not embarrass anyone.

Students will also be volunteering at the event to help girls pick out and find dresses, after spending the first part of the semester meeting weekly to coordinate donations and the actual event.

“We want you to walk away with a dress that you’re happy with,” Romero said. “We want them to look as perfect as possible because we know how important this is to girls.”

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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