You could call her a charitable fashionista.
Grace Chesterman, 16, and a junior at Clarkstown High School South, is spearheading a fancy dress drive to help get prom and homecoming attire into the hands of students in need.
The dress drive is the first project Chesterman and her peers have undertaken as part of the United Way club she started this fall, with the support of the United Way of Rockland County. (Her connection was a family friend Lori Greene, Clarkstown parent who serves on the organization’s board.)
The club had one meeting so far and already has 20 members, with Chesterman as president and junior Molly Kleinhan as vice president.
The students are welcoming donations of gently used special occasion dresses – and boys’ attire, too – at the Clarkstown South main office, 31 Demarest Mill Road, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 17.
Clarkstown’s homecoming dance is the next day, Oct. 18, and Chesterman’s hope is that any student who needs an outfit will be able to get one for free.
Interested students or their parents should email their size and needs to Assistant Principal Matthew Younghans to set up a confidential appointment to select a dress. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845)-624-3456.
Questions can also be directed to Chesterman at email@example.com.
The students and Younghans are also working with the Rockland 21st Century Collaborative for Children and Youth to provide any unclaimed dresses to East Ramapo students for their upcoming dances; Ramapo High School’s dance is Oct. 24. For more information, contact Younghans.