Planning for New Trier High School's upcoming prom has begun, but not before the school's junior adviseries donated 442 dresses, 69 pairs of shoes, and 70 accessories to The Glass Slipper Project, a non-profit organization that collects new and almost-new formal dresses and accessories and donates them to high school juniors and seniors who are unable to purchase their own prom attire. Since 1999, the organization has helped more than 20,000 young women attend their prom in style.
"We wanted New Trier students to be a part of helping somebody feel like a star for the night," junior Yael Shaw said.
Juniors Grace Garrou, Torie Hardt, Cavan Pellegrino, Nina Pofcher, Anna Shah, Yael Shaw, and Olivia Sergot served on The Glass Slipper Team with the help of Junior Adviser Chairs Patricia Sheridan and Greg Sego, Department Assistant Sue Buck, and Business Education teacher Melissa Duffy. To ensure a successful donation drive, they spent about a month hanging signs, producing a promotional video, creating displays throughout the school, visiting adviser rooms, and sorting and counting donations from students, staff, and the greater community.
"This service project allows everyone to have an awesome prom experience no matter their ability to purchase a dress," Pofcher said. "A great outfit can make anyone feel good, especially on prom night."
The donated items were picked up by Zengeler Cleaners on March 19, who will repair, clean, and deliver the dresses to various boutiques around Chicago. On March 30 and April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Glass Slipper Project will host two "boutique" Saturdays at multiple locations for junior and senior students in need of prom attire. Students are then paired with a volunteer "personal shopper" who helps them find a dress, shoes, jewelry, makeup, and accessories for prom night.
While New Trier has participated with The Glass Slipper project for over a decade, the service project has been a junior class initiative since 2015. This year's dress drive was the most successful to date, more than doubling last year's totals.
"The team that came together made this collection its best yet," Sheridan said.
For more information about The Glass Slipper Project, visit www.glassslipperproject.org .