Sunday, March 13, 2016

Project Prom: Clean your closet. Help students in need.

Communities In Schools at Reagan HS is planning for Prom 2016, which will be held in April. To help students in need enjoy this special event, CIS is asking for donations of formal dresses, shoes, jewelry, or handbags. 

If you're not familiar with CIS, they are the social work component in HISD, working as a "campus-based Dropout Prevention program." They provide direct social services to at-risk students and connect them with community resources. At Reagan HS, they have students struggling with everything from food insecurity to homelessness to abuse, all while trying to graduate and even go to college. You can just imagine how much going to prom will mean for these kids! Most of them won't be able to make it without community support. 

If you do not have dresses to donate but still want to help, the Houston Heights Woman's Club is once again coordinating this drive and they can also accept monetary donations to buy tuxedo rentals for the guys or help with restaurant gift cards for a pre-prom dinner. You can go to their "Donations" page and let them know you want your contribution to go to "Project Prom."

Photo: HISD Blog
In 2013, our community was able to provide dresses and accessories for over 27 young women at Reagan. Click here to read about the last drive and see the HISD photo album!

Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant Heights is available as a drop off point during business hours- which is all the time; they are open from lunch until late evening. If you have donations, please feel free to bring them by the restaurant and leave them with a hostess or manager. We love our local businesses and appreciate their support.

This is a great pay-it-forward opportunity, as well. Whatever does't get selected by Reagan students will get passed on to other high needs high schools within HISD for their students. Items that don't get selected for prom for whatever reason go to school theater departments. Can you think of anything better to do with that bridesmaids dress? Probably not!

Email me with any additional questions! I'm happy to get you in touch with whomever is most qualified to answer.