Delaware Academy students launch Prom Closet project


A group of Delaware Academy juniors have an ambitious project to benefit their fellow students, and are looking for help from the community.

The students will host their junior prom this spring, and, aware that prom shopping can become expensive quickly, decided to create a free “prom shop” so that recent promwear can be enjoyed again this year.

Natalie Anderson, one of the juniors organizing the effort, said their goal is to provide students with clean, cute, comfortable options for this spring’s prom. But to succeed, their shop needs inventory, so the students are calling on members of the community who have recent, clean prom clothing to donate to the shop. They’re looking for dresses, suits, shoes, and dress shirts in good condition. Prom clothing can be dropped off in the high school lobby Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3 and 4 p.m., beginning Tuesday, April 9 and ending Thursday, May 2.

The Prom Closet, as they’re calling the small shop, will be open for students to browse beginning April 12, every day until May 31, the day before the prom. All items will be free for students. The Prom Closet will be open during the advisory period, or other times with a teacher’s pass.

The juniors have been participating in Catskill Area School Study Council conferences throughout the year, and part of their participation is the completion of a project to benefit their community. The Prom Closet is their project, and they are hopeful that the community will support the project with prom clothing donations.