GOWN INITIATIVE: CCHS offers prom dresses to students

COLUMBIA CITY — For high school girls, preparing for prom starts with the dress.However, the expense attached to a formal dress, in addition to accessories, shoes, hair-dos and manicures, can deter some girls from going to prom.Sandy Kohut, Columbia City High School’s nurse, is overseeing a dress giveaway that the school has sponsored since 2007. Formal dresses are donated by the community and are then made available to girls in Whitley County. Girls from all three schools, as well as parents, are invited to attend the giveaway, which will be held March 19 from 3:30 to 5:30 at CCHS.Currently the school is accepting the donations. Dresses can be dropped off at CCHS and should be in good condition, and more importantly, the dress should be clean.Last year, Kohut estimated 200 dresses were donated. A broad range of styles and sizes are needed. Along with dresses accessories and other items girls may want for prom are accepted as well. Kohut said other items are being donated to help offset the prom costs. A local flowers hop is donating a tuxedo that can be won through a drawing held the day of the giveaway.For more information on how the dress giveaway, contact Kohut at 244-6136.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 10 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.