Montini Catholic Students Conduct Dress Drive to Help Make Prom Dreams Come True

L to R:  Faith Donner, Luke Trojanowski and Sofia Yunez (senior members of Montini's NHS) display some of the items collected during their recent Cinderella's Closet Dress Drive.
L to R: Faith Donner, Luke Trojanowski and Sofia Yunez (senior members of Montini’s NHS) display some of the items collected during their recent Cinderella’s Closet Dress Drive.

Members of Montini Catholic’s National Honor Society (NHS) recently sponsored a “dress drive”to help furnish Cinderella’s Closet with much needed prom dresses for the fast approaching high school prom season.  The charity, located at the Elgin YWCA, provides dresses to young women who may not be able to attend their prom due to the high cost of dressing up for the event.

The students, led by NHS President Faith Donner, a senior, and moderated by Laraine Parker, put out a call for gently worn prom attire as well as handbags and clutches, jewelry, and new, wrapped and unused cosmetics.  The collected items were then delivered to the charity.

Cinderella’s Closet provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their prom. Through donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories, they are proud to “Turn Dresses Into Dreams” for juniors and seniors referred to their organization by their school, community organization or social care agency.  “Even more than a dress, Cinderella’s Closet provides an unforgettable, amazing experience,” says the charity’s website.  “From the moment our princesses dance through our doors they are greeted with an environment of grace, love and respect.  It is our mission that they leave knowing they are cherished.”

Cinderella’s Closet originated as a ministry of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, KY, in 2006 and has now grown to other churches throughout the country.  Each is founded onthe belief that providing formal wear is simply a way to show God’s extraordinary love to amazing young women.

Under the leadership of co-moderators, Laraine Parker andArthur Stuart, Montini Catholic’s NHS is quite busy all year completing service projects for the community.

“Our group sponsors a variety of service oriented activities throughout the school year,” informed Mrs. Parker.  Members take part in various community service projects, including wrapping birthday gifts for impoverished children for Humanitarian Service Project, making lap blankets for Good Samaritan Hospital, and collecting much needed items for the VietNow Homeless Veterans Project. They also assisted with the school’s Golden Gobbler Thanksgiving Food Drive in November and the annual Blood Drive for Life Source in January.

The minimum requirement for membership in the Montini Catholic High School chapter of the NHS is a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of their sophomore year. All students achieving a 3.5 GPA at the end of their sophomore (or junior) year receives the opportunity to petition for membership in NHS. When applying, students are asked to detail their qualifications in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Students meeting all the requirements are then invited to become members in the NHS in the fall of their junior year.

Once accepted, students are required to maintain high scholastic standards, act as true leaders of the school, perform 20 hours of community service each year, and demonstrate the “six pillars of character: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.”

“I have no doubt that the officers of Montini Catholic’s National Honor Society will be the leaders of tomorrow ,” said President Jim Segredo. “We are quite proud of their dedication and are thankful for their service through their many community projects.”