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Lake Stevens High School Student develops dress exchange


April 3, 2012

Taylor DuPape shows off one of the prom dresses in Cinderella’s Closet.

Taylor DuPape, a senior at Lake Stevens High School, has given up track this season just so she can spend time planning for “Cinderella’s Closet.”

The idea came to her last spring when friends ended up shopping for a dress in her closet! Taylor’s mom had ordered a few dresses on-line and when they ended up not being used it seemed natural to share the dresses. After all, a dress isn’t much good without a girl to show it off.

DuPape is hard at work planning for the event. Girls who need a dress but can’t afford to buy one can simply sign-up with the counseling staff to receive a shopping pass. Girls who want to donate dresses can earn two hours of community service for their donation. Girls who want to exchange a dress for a dress just have to bring and donate a professionally cleaned dress.

“I’m so grateful to have so much support from everyone to help this project be successful,” commented DuPape. “It’s been truly amazing to watch an idea through hard work become a reality.”

DuPape is busy working on this project with Key Club members who are reaching out to community partners. Jenna Harvey, senior, is coordinating with dry cleaners and Savannah Goguen, junior, plans to continue the event next year. Currently they need to raise funds to have dresses cleaned, obtain hanging racks to hang the dresses on, and develop an information campaign. With Prom set for May 12, time is short.

Dresses may be dropped off at the High School main office from April 9 – 20. Cinderella’s Closet will be open for shopping on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, from 11a.m. – 3 p.m. DuPape and her team plan to take over a portable and have it decorated like a store complete with two curtained off dressing rooms. They want the shopping experience to be fun for the girls.

DuPape is a part-time Running Start student at Everett Community College. There she takes calculus and creative writing; at Lake Stevens High School she partakes in leadership and Contemporary World and American issues. Upon graduation she will attend BYU in Provo, Utah and plans to major in English and get her masters in creative writing. She credits LSHS English teacher Dan Alderson for igniting the fire and passion in her for writing. She hopes to be a writer and author in the future possibly combined with teaching creative writing.


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