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PAL Looking to Make Prom Season Affordable For Everyone

Dress drive to be held through next month

One of the most exciting times of the year for high school students is prom season. The time getting ready for that big night can also be very expensive so the Howell PAL wants to make sure that students getting dressed up for the dance can do so in an affordable way. 

From now until March 15 the PAL is asking people to donate prom dresses or tuxedoes that the younger residents can use. They can either be brought to the PAL offices in the old located at 115 Kent Rd. or students can bring the items right to Michelle Vitale. 

Jamie Szyarto, the PAL Program Coordinator said it was Vitale who helped them come up with the idea for the drive. As part of the school's "Rebels Make a Difference," community service committee the school and the PAL worked on ways to do the collection and distribution on a higher level. "We decided we would do something together," she said.

With Sgt. Chris Hill working with the committee and Szyarto working with Vitale on the details the former student in the PAL program said she is hopeful it will be a successful project and help the students have the best looking dresses and tuxes they can. "The purpose of the collection is to help those who may not be able to go out and purchase one because prom and any formal event is expensive these days," she said.

Being able to help reduce those costs is an important part of this effort for everyone involved and eventually the students who will benefit from the items collected. "What better way than to have a collection where people can clear out their closets and donate dresses and or tuxedoes for others to wear?"

In addition to the clothes Szyarto said they are also accepting donations of accessories including shoes and purses among others. 

Once all the items have been collected they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis from March 19 to March 23. They will be available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and no appointment is needed. 

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