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April 20, 2014

Students get runway ready by renting

NAHS’ Cinderella Shoppe offers prom items to students

NEW ALBANY — Leslie Janes was considering not going to prom. She said the idea of shopping for a dress stressed her out — that she hated the idea of paying a ridiculous amount of money for something she was going to only wear once.

That was until Charmaine Corrie, family and consumer sciences teacher at New Albany High School, showed her another option that made her reconsider.  

On the third floor at NAHS sits the Cinderella Shoppe, a place where high school students can rent dresses, purses, shoes and other prom essentials. Students can shop by appointment after school lets out.

The cost to rent a dress or tuxedo is $10, which covers dry cleaning. Students are allowed to make any alternations to the clothes necessary.

The Cinderella Shoppe has been around for more than five years, first instituted by Kimberly Scott, a health and career exploration teacher. However, this is the first time the shop has had its own room.

The students from the technical education department built the racks that hold the dresses, while interior design students are working to redecorate the room. The Cinderella store has been built and operated by students while Corrie oversees the process.

Cristin Williams, 17 and a senior, volunteers her time at the shop. She mainly helps to organize the store.

 “I’ve been here at least three times this week,” Williams said. “I’m not renting a dress this year, but I did donate one. I just really like to help here.”

Another student, Sandy Ferguson, 17, a junior, just recently found what she describes as the most beautiful dress.

“I’m not good with dresses,” she said. “I tried on seven dresses before I tried this one on, but I just loved this dress.”

Janes, a 17-year old NAHS junior, said though she was apprehensive to go to the shop, she was surprised by the nice selection, and she even picked a few out to try on.

“I’m happy I came up to check it out, I think I might go to prom now.” Janes said.

Corrie reached out to former students looking for donations and Kara Hodges, a senior at Indiana University Southeast, pulled together members of her sorority Sigma Kappa to help.

“We were able to donate more than five dresses,” Hodges said. “I was fortunate enough to have the money to buy a new dress each year. I was glad to help those who need it.”

Though they have quite a selection, Corrie said the shop is in need of menswear and could always use more dresses.  

“Before the dresses get put into the closet and forgotten about, we want people to know that we’re here, and in need of dresses and tuxes,” she said.

Ferguson said that she thinks that all students should go to the Cinderella Shoppe before shopping at a retail store.

“When you get your dress from here, nobody else will have it,” she said. “Your dress will be one of a kind, and you’ll get to feel like a queen or a princess for the night.”

To donate items, enter through the main entrance of New Albany High school, door one and leave the items with the front desk attendee.

“If you decide afterward that you want your item back, it’s no problem,” Corrie said. “We will know exactly where to find it.

— Freelance journalist Gail Faustyn is an IU Southeast student.

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