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The North Providence Breeze 04-03-2019

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 3-9, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – Between tickets, flowers and formal attire, the price to attend prom may force some students to consider skipping out on the costly event. Two North Providence High School students are striving to ensure that their peers look and feel their best this prom season, without stressing over the price tag. Seniors Olivia Kooloian and Breanah Gobin have collected near- ly 100 gently used formal dresses, available at no cost to any student in the community expressing a need or interest. "A lot of people struggle with deciding whether or not to go to prom because they don't have a dress to wear," Gobin said. Through their dress drive, Kooloian said students have the option to choose from a wide vari- ety of dresses in all sizes and colors, selecting one that fits their own sense of style. The seniors worked with senior class adviser and social studies teacher Allison Ambrose, who served as their faculty mentor on the project. Ambrose, who said the drive is the first of its size at the high school, arrives at school early and stays until about 3 p.m. to give students the chance to discreetly peruse the dresses. "It is very confidential. There is a privacy factor there," Ambrose said, though she noted that the drive is not only for students with a finan- cial need. "The reason depends on the student. For some it's financial, but others are economical or green and want to wear something that's 'recycled,'" she said. The dresses, which range from size zero to 16, are also avail- able to students outside of North Providence High School, she said. Kooloian and Gobin started the dress drive at NPHS as part of their senior project – required of all 12th- graders – in their senior skills class with English teacher Rita Cellucci. Students select a topic of interest, write a research paper on the sub- ject and work with a faculty mentor for at least 16 hours. In the end, stu- dents present their final product to a panel of judges. Both Kooloian and Gobin were interested in exploring the rela- tionship between fashion and self- esteem for their projects. Gobin focused her paper on the ways out- ward appearance can affect overall success, while Kooloian researched the psychological effects of fash- ion, and the ways social media and advertising campaigns from major fashion companies influence the ways teens dress. "You can go against those influ- ences," Kooloian said. "My favorite thing about fashion is the ability to express yourself without saying anything. You don't have to listen to the social media or ads, you can dress however you want." Both students hope their dress drive, which ended March 30, will continue for years to come and be expanded in the future to have a dedicated space, such as the second- hand clothing store at Ricci Middle School. With North Providence proms planned for April and May, a handful of students have already found a dress from the drive. "Going to prom is part of high school. When I was little, watching movies, I always looked forward to prom," Gobin said. "You should be able to have a dress and go and feel comfortable and confident at your prom." Students run dress drive just in time for prom season By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD OLIVIA KOOLOIAN and BREANAH GOBIN, students at North Providence High School, created a dress drive as part of their senior project this year in an effort to give every student the opportunity to make memories at prom. DISCOVER WOODLAWN CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE April 7, 2019 • 1-3 p.m. 61 Hope Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone 401-723-3759 Since 1972, Woodlawn Catholic Regional School has been committed to ensuring our students receive a quality, values- based Catholic education which promotes a sense of responsibility to family, faith, and service to the community. Our dedicated faculty and small class sizes make it a perfect learning environment to focus on the individual learning styles of each child in a loving, structured, and diverse environment. Woodlawn encourages all students to be learners and leaders by offering opportunities for students to excel in a strong academic program, including Spanish and technology class in grades K-8, athletics, and a variety of extracurricular activities. We also offer free before-care starting at 7:15 AM and very affordable after-care program. Come see why, in the last five years, our graduates have received more than $300,000 in scholarships to area parochial, private, and independent high schools. For more information, please visit our website We encourage you to contact us for a school tour. Faith • Family • academics • diversity • values

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