Who says looking stylish has to cost a fortune?
A group of 36 Winfree Bryant Middle School students will model their Goodwill finds on the catwalk. The school is hosting a free fashion show, open to the public, on Thursday, Feb. 18.
"We started the show almost four years ago in order to foster good economic practices but most importantly to bring together girls from different backgrounds and resources to show them all that dressing 'cute' does not have to cost a lot," said Winfree Bryant Principal Becky Kegley. "In middle school, we see lots of issues with self-esteem. Anytime we can get the message across that they are beautilful, that they have true worth and that we love them - we have accomplished great things."
Girls interested in modeling put their name in the hat for possible selection. Almost 300 girls were interested, Kegley added.
The 36 selected will be taken to Goodwill in Lebanon this coming Saturday to shop. Kegley said funds to purchase clothes were raised by offering a "Jeans Day" to teachers and teacher donations.
Teachers, for a donation, could wear jeans for the workday.
"We let them go in to Goodwill and pick out their outfit. They all get at least one outfit. We shop until the money runs out," Kegley said, adding that the girls are able to keep their outfit after the fashion show.
"Everyone loves a bargain, as well as dressing in a way that makes them feel good about themselves. One year a girl found a brand name skirt that still had a $200 price tag on it," she continued.
"That made believers out of all of the shoppers, teachers and students."
Parent volunteer Kim Orr said that Michael's Café has agreed to donate food for the girls during the show.
Lookers Salon & Spa stylists are donating their time to offer hair and makeup services to the student models.
Lookers Owner Angelic Gardner, whose daughter Kennedy is a sixth grader at Winfree Bryant, said giving back to the community is one of her passions. "We will have all of our stylists there to do hair and makeup," she said. "We just love being involved with the community and helping in any way we can."
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