NEWARK — With the June 1 Junior Prom at Club 86 in Geneva looming, Newark High School ISS Room teacher assistant and Reds Threads Coordinator Sue Yatteau arranged to become a real-life Fairy Godmother.
She has collected new and gently used, long and short, teen-style prom dresses to give away to students who need them. Her collection is on display her collection in the “little shop” in the corner of Room 177 classroom starting this week. The dresses range in size.
Yatteau’s donated collection also features some dress shoes, ranging from size 6 to 9 1/2 and jewelry.
Reds Thread’s used clothing exchange nook is at the end of the school hallway where the English classrooms are located.
With the ongoing success of Red Threads that was started by her daughter Cheyenne when she was a junior in 2016, Yatteau took over as coordinator in the 2017-18 school year. She quickly recognized the need for fancy dresses for the high school’s Winter Snow Ball and Spring Junior Prom and urged students, staff and others to donate new and gently used attire appropriate for the occasions.
“Last year I collected and gave out 19 dresses. This year, so far, I have about 30 long and short dresses. They are beautiful. Several of them still have the tags on them. I would love to have more donated so I have more to give out,” she said.
Yatteau said students and staff may bring prom-related items to her classroom and people from the community who would like to donate current, new and gently used prom dresses, shoes and jewelry should drop them off at the front desk in the NHS foyer.
To get the word out, Yatteau said she’s used her Facebook page, Twitter and the school’s televised morning announcements.
She is hoping that the prom items giveaways will become as popular as Reds Threads.
Red Threads items that “don’t move” are put in the yellow clothing donation boxes in the village. All items are changed seasonally.