April 1, 2011
For the 12th straight year, the Glass Slipper Project will make prom a reality for in-need high school girls by helping teens complete a signature look with free dresses and accessories.
Aiming to assist 1,500 girls this year, the Glass Slipper Project, a Chicago non-profit, collects new and gently-used gowns, shoes, jewelry and handbags and gives them away in three shopping Saturdays each spring to Chicago-area high school students who are unable to buy their own attire.
Chicago Public Schools, through the Office of External Affairs and Partnerships, works with Glass Slipper to provide drop-off points for donations and space for the boutiques where girls pick out their free prom outfits.
“We appreciate all the donations from across Chicagoland and the unparalleled dedication of the Glass Slipper Project to help our students reach a high school milestone,” said Terry Mazany, interim Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools.
This year’s boutique is being held for three consecutive Saturdays at McCorkle Elementary School, 4421 S. State Street. This year, the free Glass Slipper Project boutique shopping days will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 2, April 9, and April 16.
Junior and senior girls from any high school—public or private, Chicago or suburban—can participate, if they present a valid high school identification card or a letter from their principal on school letterhead at the boutiques. Students must be physically present at the boutiques in order to receive a dress.
Once inside the boutique, each student is paired with a personal shopper. The student is allowed to select one dress, plus related accessories and makeup, if the extra items are available. Only the first 500 girls will be granted admission to the boutiques each shopping day. The Glass Slipper Project does not require proof of financial need.
“Even though they say we are in an economic recovery, many people continue to struggle and make sacrifices,” said Dorian Carter, co-founder of the Glass Slipper Project. “Our goal is to help families realize that going to prom is still an option and possibility.”
Students are encouraged to bring along one relative or guardian, but other family members must wait for their student in the waiting area. Small children will not be allowed to shop with the student, and these children must be accompanied by a guardian, as babysitting services will not be provided. Glass Slipper also encourages students to bring something to read and something to eat and drink, while they wait.
Since the Glass Slipper Project started in 1999, the organization has helped more than 18,000 girls find the perfect prom dress. Dress drop-off sites are listed on the Glass Slipper Project website.
The Glass Slipper Project also needs volunteers for a variety of shifts and tasks. Volunteers must be age 18 and older and cannot currently be in high school, and volunteers must register at www.glassslipperproject.org. For more information or to make a financial donation visit the Glass Slipper website, or call the Glass Slipper Project Hotline at (312) 409-4139.
Chicago Public Schools serves 409,279 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.