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Women of the World Club sponsor Virginia Scofield, a history teacher at St. Agnes Academy, created a display outside of her classroom to remind students to donate dresses.
The recently formed St. Agnes club Women of the World - WOW for short - organized a Dress Drive to donate for the Giving Gown Foundation based in Houston. The foundation accepts a wide variety of items, ranging from formal and semi-formal dresses to shoes and accessories.
One of the co-founders of the club and organizers of the drive, Anna Lang, said that the dress drive “is important because some girls can’t even experience one of the quintessential elements of high school: dances. And with the dress drive, we are able to give away these dresses that have been sitting in our closets collecting dust to someone who would really be appreciative of the dress. It’s so much more than just the dress, it’s providing them with an experience.”
Student Audrey Welsh brought three dresses for the drive and said, “I thought about what it would feel like if I couldn’t afford to buy a dress for a dance like homecoming or prom and decided that I didn’t really need these dresses anymore and thought about how everyone deserves to have that special night.”
Club sponsor Virginia Scofield, a history teacher at St. Agnes, created a display outside of her classroom to remind students to drop off dresses for the drive by having one of her favorite influential women, Miss Eleanor Roosevelt, model one of the donated dresses next to the dress rack in the hall.
By the end of the week, the club had collected over 120 dresses, 100 pieces of jewelry, 20 pairs of shoes and 20 purses.