Local organization offers dresses for students at upcoming prom

Provided photos: Teacher Aide Toni Newell, teacher Paula Scheffer and student Krissy Reimer look at dresses offered by the Zion WHO (Women Helping Others) in Gasport.

Posted 22 March 2017 at 11:21 am

Teacher Aide Cyndi Barber helps out student Krystal Huntington pick out her prom attire.

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Paula Travis believes that every young lady going to the prom deserves to look her best. That is why she started the organization Zion WHO (Women Helping Others).

The organization is run out of the Zion Lutheran Church of Gasport and offers Becca’s Closet.

“The organization is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of Rebecca Kirtmann, a high school student from Florida, who believed that every girl should be able to attend formal school-sponsored events, such as prom and homecoming, despite their financial situation,” Travis explained. “Becca collected hundreds of gowns by herself and gave them to girls free of charge. She was killed in a car accident in 2003 and her friends and family carry on her legacy nationwide.”

Travis recently stopped into the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center and offered dresses to the students there.  Students from the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Orleans Learning Center also came over to pick up some attire for their upcoming Lifeskills Prom.

“I thought it was very nice of the church to take the time to come to BOCES and offer our students the opportunity to have a beautiful dress to wear to the prom,” says special education teacher Paula Scheffer.  “They had dresses to fit all body types and they were very appropriate dresses for our girls. They are going to look beautiful!”

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