Program makes Prom dreams come true for some Lanier High students


It is Prom Season. A dream for students can mean a nightmare for parents’ wallets.

But thanks to a new effort, many Lanier High School seniors didn’t have to spend a dime to dance the night away in style.

The clinic at Lanier, looks more like a dress shop lately. Staff there wanted to help students who might not be able to afford a new look. They collected more than 100 dresses and 40 suits.

“They’re shocked. They’re like we get to take this home for free? We bagged it up like they were in a store. So no one was able to see their prom dresses or tuxedos going out,” said school nurse, Jitoria Jones

Students were able to shop the stock and bag up their selection…. just like a regular store. The donations saved students money…and worry.

“We had one girl say, ‘you’ve saved my like $700. We have shoes. We have jewelry. We have everything. So it was just an honor to kind of facilitate this,” said Jones.

Students not only get a free dress or tux…they also get free hair and makeup services to complete the perfect prom look.
“Tomorrow we’re going to have students from the CDC. As well as cosmetologists, freelance makeup artists, and a barber to come and volunteer their services for our students…We just had an outstanding response from the community.”

The donations came from UMMC nursing students, Lanier Alumni and community members.

More than 75 pieces will strut into Saturday’s Prom, on the backs of some very deserving students.

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