Math teacher takes cost out of equation for prom dresses


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you live in Brunswick County and have a teen heading to prom or the 8th grade dance and are not trying to spend a fortune on attire, you are in luck!

From picking out the right dress and shoes, to jewelry and accessories prom can be pricey. But for Brunswick County middle and high school students it does not have to be.

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For the third year, South Brunswick High School is putting on the Prom Closet. It is a one-day event giving students the chance to get a gently used prom dresses for free!

Organizer and South Brunswick math teacher Cathy Johnson says they have 400 to 600 dresses in various shapes, colors and sizes.

“It’s just watching the girls light up when they find their dress. A lot of girls haven’t ever put on a formal dress before. And when they put on the dress and find the shoes and come in. And you tell them how beautiful they look. It is amazing,” Johnson said.

UNCW is also helping out for the second year in the row, collecting more than 90 dresses from students and staff.

“Of course giving back to our community is really important. It helps clean out our closets. Cause many of us have beautiful dresses that we will not wear again. And we know they can be passed on to someone else who will love them. We wouldn’t want someone not be able to go to prom if they could not financially afford it. So this is one thing we can do so the women can have a really fun evening,” UNCW Assistant Dean of Students, Stephanie Ganser said.

The Prom Closet gives all girls who may not be able to afford it, the chance to go to prom or a dance. Students like Cassi Bailey say it is an extraordinary event.

“I think it’s really great what they do here. And I think anyone who donates a dress to help others is an amazing person,” Bailey said.

If you would like to donate you have until Saturday to do so, donations can be dropped off at the front desk of South Brunswick High.

The Prom Closet runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria Saturday March 25th.