Capstone Collects Dresses for Operation Prom Dress

It’s a night that is a momentous event for many high school students - prom. For one Senior Capstone group, their mission is to make sure area girls will get to enjoy the big dance, without worrying about the cost of a dress.

Members of the Capstone group — consisting of Bea Hawthorn, Brooke House, Avery Meyer and Helen Sparrow — began thinking about this effort in their junior year.

“Last year Avery wrote a Common App essay about social norms and expectations for dances,” House explained. “Mrs. Marshall, our Capstone mentor, came to Avery and me and said this would be an interesting topic for Capstone.”

Sparrow found the organization Operation Prom Dress and suggested the group work to assist their efforts.

“We are collecting homecoming, bridesmaids, and other dresses to donate to Operation Prom Dress,” Meyer said. “They help girls in the Dayton-area who may not be able to afford dresses of their own.”

“The organization is out of Epiphany Lutheran Church,” Sparrow added. “They collect dresses year round. In March, they host a spa day for the girls.”

During the Operation Prom Dress event, girls not only select a prom dress, but have their hair and make-up done by professionals who donate their time and services.

“It’s really exciting because we are helping high school girls like us,” Hawthorn said. “A dress is not a basic necessity like a food drive, but it is something girls enjoy, and it’s nice to know we are helping.”

Contributions for the Capstone’s dress drive continue through Friday, February 8. Dresses can be dropped off before and after school in Room 110.

Posted February 4, 2019