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February 11, 2014

Local student organizes prom dress drive

GREENSBURG – A Greensburg Community High School student’s class project may lead to more affordable fashion statements at this year’s upcoming prom events.

Kalynne Asche, a student in John Pratt’s U.S. History class, has organized a prom dress drive that has collected more than 100 new and used gowns – of essentially every type – in only one weekend afternoon thus far.

The dresses were donated or dropped off for sale Saturday at Greensburg’s First Baptist Church as the first phase of Kalynne’s “Greensburg-Decatur County Once Upon a Prom” project. There they will remain until at least March when three separate sale dates begin.

Asche’s project, a required community-oriented event each student in Pratt’s class is tasked with, is aimed at helping ease some of the financial burden students face in acquiring “that perfect look” for the year’s most important formal occasion.

The junior has found support and sponsorship through the church in which the dresses are presently stocked as well as the Community Action Coalition, Circle Printing and various local restaurants.

The results are already paying dividends ahead of March’s two shopping dates and a final chance to pick up the ideal prom accoutrements in April.

A cheerful Kalynne, accompanied Saturday by family and friends helping with the project, said the donated garments run the gamut from ball gowns to fitted dresses, mermaid dresses and “high-lows.”

Asche said the upcoming GCHS prom will be her second, and she hopes fellow Pirate students, as well as young ladies who will be attending proms at North Decatur and South Decatur, will have a look at what’s on offer through her project before they make their final formalwear decisions this spring. She also endeavors to see “Once Upon a Prom” become an annual tradition in the Decatur County community.

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