Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Dress benefit getting alterations after initial fitting

November 24, 2004

Lauren Mosely and Kelsey Fallesen have closets full of dresses they have worn to dances, dresses that sometimes cost hundreds of dollars each.

With Lansing High School's winter formal coming up in January, the LHS students dreaded the idea of buying another dress only to wear it once and add to the collection. Thus, an idea was born. The high school Leadership Class could host an event that would allow girls to swap or auction off their old dresses to other girls.

And not only would some girls save money on dresses, there was another benefit.

Mosely and Fallesen know three teachers in the district who are in a cancer support group. They planned to donate their proceeds to them.

For the past month, Leadership Class members have been collecting more than 20 dresses from other students, teachers and community members. Fallesen donated four of her own dresses that she had worn to dances in the past and Mosely donated five.

But even the best of intentions don't always equal success the first time around.

In a nearly empty Lansing High School gymnasium on Friday, there were twice as many dresses hanging from the walls as there were girls in attendance.

Fallesen thought one reason for the meager interest in the event was that many girls just don't realize how close the winter dance actually is. The dance is still far enough away that Leadership Class has time to revamp the event.

"Now we can turn it around and do something good with it," Mosely said.

The Leadership Class is now thinking about ways to get more involvement students and the community. Mosely said their focus now is to round up dresses from people in the community and sell them to a consignment shop.

The dress auction capped a busy week for the LHS Leadership Class.

In the past seven days alone, the class has organized and carried out four activities serving an array of members in the community. Thursday class members served a turkey dinner to senior citizens. Friday and Monday, many students read to kindergartners and first-graders at Lansing Elementary School. Students also have also been collecting money for the Greater Kansas City Harvesters.

And they're not giving up on the dresses.

Anyone who would like to donate a dress to the Leadership class can drop it off in the LHS office.

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