Fox 5 Atlanta reports that when Sprayberry High School Junior Nalah Tann-Wilson found out why some of her friends weren’t planning to attend Homecoming this September she gathered some of her fellow cheerleaders and stepped in to help.
“They said they just couldn’t afford it,” said Tann-Wilson. “I saw that most schools in Cobb County, 40% of their population is on reduced lunch and I thought, well, if you can’t afford lunch every day, how can you afford a dress for one night? So I knew we had to do something to help,” she added.
Nalah and her fellow cheerleaders had the support of their school, who designated a space to host the “dress closet” at the Marietta, GA high school. Nalah used Facebook (finally, a positive use of social media) to rally up donations and the cheerleaders even created a “Dress Closet Club” to solicit more volunteers to help with organizing and sorting. Nalah and her friends were able to collect 30 dresses during their first drive this past July. Nalah’s goal is to collect 100 dresses for homecoming; the club welcomes all new or gently-used ready-to-wear dresses or gowns. The “Dress Closet Club” plans to host another drive at Sprayberry High School later on in the school year for prom dresses.
BGC is very proud of you ladies—keep up the good work!
What charitable activities or community service are the athletes in your gym involved with? Shout em’ out…