WESTFIELD - One class' efforts has helped some female prom goers find their dress at a discounted price.
Kimberly Abbey's sports and entertainment management class stumbled upon the idea of creating a discount prom dress shop for Westfield Academy and Central School students during a conversation about how expensive prom can be. In the end, the students were able to procure 54 dresses in a wide selection of length and color donated by both students and staff which were sold for $10 or less a piece. The students also sold lemonade as cookies as part of the dress shop and all totaled raised $135.75 which will be donated to the after prom event.
"They just took it and ran with it," Abbey said. "They have done everything."
Students at Westfield Academy and Central School look through a variety of prom dresses thanks to the efforts of Kimberly Abbey’s sports and entertainment management class.
Everything from the planning to the organizing to the implementation. Some students asked for donations from a local grocery store and the district's business manager Al Holbrook's knowledge on tax exempt status when shopping for a non-profit came in handy for others.
Getting the donations was Erin Carutis' favorite part while Andrew Robbins enjoyed, "finally putting it together and making it work."
Katy Catalano liked getting the chance to help people while Jordan Ellis liked seeing people help out others.
"It was nice to see people still want to donate stuff," Ellis said.
Once the shop opened, the learning did not end. After the first day of operation, Abbey challenged the students to think about what they did that day, what worked, what did not and what they would change the following day.
"I'm extremely proud of them," Abbey said. "They learned a lot,"
Normally a distance learning class, Abbey sees this as a project that could become an annual event and could easily translate across the distance learning format. In fact, some of Abbey's current students are talking about taking the class again next year and are making plans to improve the prom dress shop idea.
Out of the class of two girls and five boys, Abbey thinks all of her students will be attending this year's prom.