The high school prom, a rite of passage for teens, is supposed to be filled with exciting clothes, eager anticipation and fun — not tornadoes, destruction and death.
The Morgan County High School prom in storm-devastated West Liberty is April 14. Four weeks after the Eastern Kentucky community experienced a tornado that blew away its downtown and killed six Morgan County residents, young adults with prom on their minds got help Saturday.
Cinderella's Closet of Central Kentucky, a non-profit program based at First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, took trailers filled with donated dresses, shoes and jewelry to Morgan County High School for about 160 girls to pick what they want to wear to the prom.
About 40 seniors from Franklin County High School loaded the trailers Thursday, and about 75 volunteers went to the high school Saturday morning to provide on-the-spot alterations, steam them and offer one-on-one fashion advice. There were other volunteers at Morgan County High to measure young men for tuxedoes.
"We never have taken our program on the road, but are glad we did," said Amy Nance, Cinderella's Closet director in Frankfort. "The day went smoothly."
The real purpose of the day, Nance said, was to celebrate the life of each girl. "Every girl deals with self-esteem issues," she said. "We turn dresses into dreams."