Attention all students – Prom Project Niagara is back!

District School Board of Niagara press release – Spring is in the air and with that thoughts of formals, prom and graduation fill the minds of students. For some these are exciting times, for others these are times of uncertainty as they wonder how they will be able to afford that perfect dress or suit. This is where Prom Project Niagara steps in.

Since 2009, the Education Foundation of Niagara, a registered charity that supports DSBN students in financial need, has outfitted over 2,500 students for their proms, grads or formals for free through its Prom Project Niagara program. Born out of the vision to see that every student has access to all of school life’s opportunities, this one-day fun and free formal wear extravaganza opens its doors to any and all Niagara students from any school or school board graduating from grades 8 and 12.

“Prom Project Niagara believes graduation and prom are life- defining occasions for students and that every student deserves to have their moment in the sun, regardless of their financial restrictions.” says Laura Byers, Executive Director for the Education Foundation of Niagara. “Every day we glimpse into the life of some of our struggling Niagara families – snapshots of the harsh reality of parents having to make some very difficult decisions like choosing between paying for food or rent, or using duct tape to hold their child’s shoe together until they can afford to buy a new pair. Prom Project Niagara is one way that we can improve a young person’s life in a very positive way.”

Community donors, volunteers and partnerships are the heroes in the history of this event. All items from dresses and suits, shoes, ties, jewelry and accessories come from the generosity of individuals as well as local businesses like Queen Fashion Must Have, Annette’s Bridal and Le Chateaux. Formal wear items continue to be needed especially men’s shoes, men’s smaller suits and larger size dresses. All donations can be dropped off at any PenFinancial credit union or 14 other locations listed on the Foundation website at https://efnniagara.dsbn.org/events/prom-project-niagara.

Community heroes are also found in the financial support of great organizations such as PenFinancial Credit Union, the Pen Centre, Johnson Insurance, Spark Niagara and Lisa Punch. Through their sponsorships, Prom Project Niagara is able to have a successful event with proceeds going towards student bursaries.

The strength of Prom Project Niagara however is found in its volunteers. From seamstresses to registration to setting-up and tearing down, our volunteers are what makes the day a dream come true.

“It takes many volunteers to make this day happen and we are always amazed at the number of people willing to lend their time and talent to make this day possible for the youth of Niagara.” says Nicole Smith, Event and Communications Officer. Volunteers are still required, especially seamstresses. Anyone interested should please contact the Foundation.

This year’s Prom Project Niagara will be held Saturday, Apr. 6/2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. in three locations to better serve the Niagara community:

• DSBN Academy, 130 Louth Street, St. Catharines – Main Site
• Beamsville Secondary School, 4317 Central Ave, Beamsville
• Fort Erie Race Track, 230 Catherine St, Fort Erie – NEW SITE

Busing provided by DanNel Transportation is also available for students living in Niagara Falls and Welland.

For more information on Prom Project Niagara, other Foundation programs or to make a donation, please visit www.efnniagara.ca or contact Nicole Smith at 905-641-2929 ext. 37710 or by email at nicole.smith@dsbn.org.

The Education Foundation of Niagara’s Vision is a community where every student has access to all of the enriching opportunities school life offers.