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Pretty for prom: You can help

By Kay S. Pedrotti Nothing is worse than feeling left out of things when you’re in high school. A group of local women plan to make sure as many girls as possible, particularly those who cannot afford dresses, get to go to the prom on April 6. Already more than 10 dresses in all different sizes and colors have been donated, said Becky Patterson, school system health coordinator. Miss Georgia 2012, Leighton Jordan, will be here on the evening of the prom to hang out with the girls and help them get ready. Jordan will be a contestant in the upcoming Miss America pageant Others instrumental in starting the first annual Pretty for Prom event are Lamar County Comprehensive High School counselor Holly Cantrell; registrar Yashica Webb, also a cosmetology instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College; Kiana Battle, school system social worker; and Bridget Evans, a volunteer who is working to get donations of dresses and other prom-related things which could be supplied by local businesses. Slices Pizzeria is hosting lunch for the girls on prom day, which will include a ‘spa-type experience for making these girls feel very pampered and very pretty,’ Patterson said. Sally Beauty Supply and Southern Crescent are donating makeup and nail supplies for turning the school cafeteria into a first-class salon. At least one hairdresser has offered to donate her talents. Ace Cleaners has donated racks to keep the donated dresses nice for the prom. ’We will take any size or color in good condition,’ Patterson said. ‘Clean out your closets and donate the dresses you haven’t worn in forever. We’re also accepting jewelry, shoes and even tuxedos for the guys. These young people come in all shapes and sizes so we’re very sure we’ll find someone who can wear and appreciate your donations. Bring all your donations to the high school on Trojan Way off Highway 18.’ The deadline for registering to be a recipient is Feb. 15 but could be extended. For information call Webb or Cantrell at the high school, 770-358-8641.

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