COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Junior and Senior high school girls around the Chattahoochee Valley got the chance to pick out the prom dress of their dreams through the Junior League of Columbus' Project Prom.
Girls lined up early this morning for the first come, first serve event which the Junior League of Columbus hosts every year, giving away hundreds of dresses along with shoes and accessories.
"Prom is a big deal for girls and it's important to us," said Jana Scarbrough, Project Prom co-chair. "We just want it to be a special day, even for those who may not otherwise be able to afford a prom dress or might make things tight, this way they can have a full experience."
All they had to have was a valid student ID to get that full experience.
"I've never been to a school dance or been dress shopping like for something special. Being able to do that, really made me feel really excited, I got up, I couldn't really sleep last night," said a student participating in the event.
In addition to picking their dress, the girls attended a workshop presented by Right from the Start called "Be Smart, Guard Your Heart," educating both the girls and their parents about making smart decisions on prom night with their dates and advocating for no underage drinking.
"The parents and their daughter establish a code word via text so that if the girl does get in any kind of danger that they need help from, then they will simply text that word to their parents and their parents will be able to come and help them," said Ruthie Hite, Executive Director of Right from the Start.
The girls will also leave with a prom emergency pack filled with tissue, hair tie, chapstick and more to ensure they have a good prom night.