Prom dress swap a pretty good event for high schoolers

Shepherd Hill in Dudley hosts annual event

By Amy Lynn Fawe
Citizen Chronicle Writer

DUDLEY — The annual prom dress swap at Shepherd Hill Regional High School was held Saturday for area young women, regardless of which school they may attend.

Kristin Tagg, the student chairperson, said,  “We offer dresses to students from all schools.”

Racks of beautiful dresses offered many choices, and a full-length mirror reflected the happy looks on the girls’ faces as they came out of the dressing rooms in their dresses.

The prom dress swap benefitted the high school community with reasonably priced dresses and the Make A Wish Foundation. Admission was $5, and all dresses were $15. If you donated a dress, you got a dress credit. Organizers also offered a row of free dresses.

Ashley Racicot, a Spanish teacher and first-year chairperson of the prom swap, said she remembered that “if you wanted to not buy a $350 prom dress when I was in school, the only other alternative was shopping consignment.”

Kristen Griffiths, coordinator, said, “This prom dress swap was started approximately six years ago when one student went to a teacher and said, ‘We need a program like this,’ and it was born.”

Donations of dresses are accepted all year round by contacting aracicot@dcrsd.or or Dresses may also be donated for future credit in a student’s name.

Helen Boyle photos

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