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Making prom magical through Northwest Colorado dress exchange

Next dress exchange is Sunday

Free and low cost formal dresses are available during the Northwest Colorado Prom Dress Exchange. The final chance to shop the exchange is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Choir Room at Moffat County High School. High school Juniors Melissa Davis

— An evening making memories with friends is at the heart of the annual high school prom as is the dress.

"I'm very excited for prom. It's my senior year and my last formal event. I get to dress up and dance and have a really spectacular and magical night," said Moffat County High School Senior Kaylynn Haefs.

To provide girls with affordable options of lightly used dresses a handful of teachers started a dress exchange this year.

"It's a great opportunity to help people who can't afford it go to one of the biggest experiences in high school," said Junior Melissa Davis.

The Northwest Colorado Prom Dress Exchange accepts donated or consigned dresses then makes donated dresses available for free and consigned dresses at discounted prices for students.

The first shopping day was on Tuesday with a second planned from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday in the Choir Room at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane in Craig

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Dress exchanges have been popping-up across the county.

"There's a program in Missouri by a local church. They would get hundreds of donations of dresses and accessories and shoes," said High School Teacher Amy Ulrich, who felt limited options would make an exchange particularly helpful.

Schools in Baggs, Wyoming, Meeker, Oak Creek, Hayden and Steamboat were contacted resulting in about 60 dresses.

"My hope is that dresses don't go to waste. That they are used and kids get to take advantage," said Spanish Teacher Jessica Baker. "I remember having dresses that I got on a really good sale and then wore them once… why not just exchange it?"

Girls selected roughly 15 dresses on Tuesday with plenty of choices left for shopping on Sunday.

Counselor Paula Duzik sponsors the National Honor Society and recruited students to volunteer at the event.

"My role is to help girls try on dresses and hang them up when they are done. It's fun and awesome that girls are coming in from our community to find dresses locally that have been donated," Haefs said.

Family and Consumer Science Teacher Sharon Farquar was on hand for minor alterations, she said.

Area businesses were also invited to the dress exchange to offer services and scheduled appointments.

"I would like to see more interest from vendors for the captive audience," Duzik said.

The teachers hope to make this a regular event.

"We are hoping that we will increase in donations next year. We will start a little bit earlier and catch girls before they go and spend a bunch of money," Ulrich said.

Shopping is available on Sunday.

"Just come. You can look at dresses," Haefs said. "You may find one that you like and you may have not… it's worth it."

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