Cinderella Asks Dress Recipients to Pay it Forward

Belfast Area High SchoolA new dress, news shoes, sparkly earrings, dinner, photos. . . high school proms can be a big investment and many young women simply can’t afford the hundreds of dollars they should expect to fork out for that special night. Enter the Cinderella Project.  The Cinderella Project gives away new and gently used donated gowns and accessories to local girls for that special night.

Belfast Area High School JMG students chose to grant $500 to the Cinderella Project, administered through the Waldo County CAP Agency and hosted by Reny’s in Belfast. The students liked the “Pay it Forward” requirement of the project. Initially, it was a bit of a hard sell among the boys, but they thought about their girlfriends, their sisters, their neighbors, and eventually voted to support it.

While the dresses are free, each comes with a tag – and perhaps a verbal reminder upon selecting the dress at the annual event – to do something good for someone else.