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Students at Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University Collecting Prom & Quinceanera Gowns for Disadvantaged Girls


Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y. – Considering the high cost of attending a prom, particularly the price of a prom gown, is it any wonder that many of the area's high school girls will never experience this special night? Every girl dreams of looking her best at her high school prom, and counseling students at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University want to help.

Rockland Graduate Campus students who belong to Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society, have undertaken a drive to collect dresses and, if possible, accessories such as handbags, shoes, etc. that are still in good condition.

In addition, the hair stylist, Cibelle Salon in Piermont, N.Y. will donate a free hair styling and makeover to twelve selected young girls. The shop owner Agnet Dinger said, "I was impressed by what the LIU students were doing and I wanted to add my support to their efforts.”

The prom dresses and gowns will be made available to young Latinas who lack the resources to buy new outfits for their quinceaneras. The quinceanera marks the young girl's fifteenth birthday and her coming-of-age transition to adulthood.

“Our students are being educated to be caring and competent counselors. Part of their professional development is their spirit of volunteering and unselfish service to others,” said Dr. Thomas Nardi, the faculty moderator of the honor society. “We hope to surpass our efforts of last year when we collected over 300 dresses. Everyone is enthusiastic about the project.”

Working with the Rockland Salvation Army, the students have set up a dress rack on the Rockland Graduate Campus in Orangeburg to collect formal dresses. The drive is asking Rockland Campus students only to clean out their closets and bring in their accessories and gowns. The Salvation Army will distribute the gowns to those in need.

The Rockland students started the dress drive and have already collected more than two dozen. The drive continues through April 5, when the Salvation Army will pick the dresses up and distribute them to high school girls in Rockland County.

“We want you to make the dress special for a young girl wishing to go to her prom or celebrate her special birthday,” Professor Nardi said.

For more information about the drive, contact the Rockland Graduate Campus at (845) 359-7200 or Dr. Nardi at

Posted 03/31/2010

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