One of our own CaSPA schools in Melbourne has come up with a creative solution to a problem that has confronted students since school formals have been running:
STUDENTS with "nothing to wear" to their school formal have come up with an ingenious idea to solve the age-old problem.
With just weeks until their senior dance, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College students have launched a community closet, where people can loan their finery to kids who may otherwise have missed out on the school's night of nights.
"We've had students in the past stress about it some have gone to extreme lengths and some felt like they couldn't go at all," house co-ordinator and teacher Tara Ambrosio said.
After a call-out through students, teachers, their friends and family, the Braybrook school has been sent almost 70 dresses, 20 mens' suits, pants and shirts and an assortment of shoes, handbags and belts.
"It's going gangbusters," Ms Ambrosio said.
With up to 500 year 11 and 12 students invited to the formal on June 13, it's expected one in five could arrive in something borrowed thanks to the community closet.
"Some students thought they had to fork out a lot of money - I heard some were considering spending a couple of hundred dollars," Ms Ambrosio said.
"But some students do it quite tough and any extra money they earn is really important for necessary items.
"They shouldn't think they have to spend that money on one night." The students have spoken about keeping the closet concept to have formal wear available for job interviews.
Ms Ambrosio said many students wore their school uniform to interviews because it was the most professional thing they had.
"The message we want to send is we don't need to spend money, it's perfectly acceptable to borrow clothes," she said.
From: Herald Sun, Melbourne by Ashley Argoon02 Jun 2018
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