The Los Angeles Unified School District partnered again with Operation School Bell for the annual free prom dress extravaganza. This year, 56 girls from 17 schools picked their dream dresses, along with shoes and accessories. (Photo courtesy of OSB)
The Los Angeles Unified School District partnered again with Operation School Bell for the annual free prom dress extravaganza. This year, 56 girls from 17 schools picked their dream dresses, along with shoes and accessories that transform them from “plain Janes” to runway beauties.
“Due to the year-round generosity of Operation School Bell, this event, now in its fourth year, transforms these girls into princesses, as they glow, shimmer and sparkle with confidence, exuberance and overall joy,” said OSB officials.
“These lucky girls selected their dream gown from 100 donated dresses, in an array of colors and styles.”
The girls who participated have survived many difficult experiences, they said.
For example, one girl who has lived in a shelter with her family now tutors homeless youth along Skid Row. Another girl named Wendy rents a room with her mother in another’s family home. In addition to keeping up with her schoolwork, she supports her family by working.
At the prom day event, fashion guru, Cojo, who has covered the celebrity fashion scene in many venues from television to fashion magazines, personally transformed the “wall flowers” into mavens of fashion. The room came alive as he moved from girl to girl, helping her select just the right outfit. His wonderful sense of humor and flair had the girls giggling and swirling as they selected gowns they never imagined they would wear.
The donation is made possible through the Assistance League of Los Angeles, Operation School Bell (OSB), a philanthropic organization that provides throughout the year new clothes, shoes, backpacks, books and other items to low income and homeless elementary students in the District. OSB Prom Day for high school girls is an annual event. The girls, referred by the District’s Homeless Education Program, come from schools across the district