Amy Murrell sorts through donations for the prom fair. (Photo by Charles Black)
KINGMAN — The community will be taking some of the financial burden off students who can’t afford to attend prom this year.
Kingman High School is sponsoring a prom fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the cafeteria at the school, 4182 N. Bank St. Students will be able to choose from a variety of free dresses, suits and accessories, as well as receive makeup kits, get hairdos and have their clothes fitted and cleaned.
“The prom fair lets everyone go to prom without having to worry about taking dinner off the table,” said Amy Murrell, the event coordinator and an English teacher.
Murrell said this is her second year at Kingman High School. The prom fair was started about four years ago by Jennifer Jackson, a teacher at the facility, and Murrell inherited it when she arrived. The prom is scheduled for May 4.
The event also welcomes students from the city’s other high schools. Hair, nails and makeup will be provided at discount prices on prom day by All Beauty College, and Toni’s Cleaners is offering free cleaning services for garments. Volunteers will be on hand to make alterations to clothing.
“The kids that will be participating in the prom fair will be placed on a list,” said Tina Wolf, at Toni’s Cleaners. “I will receive the list and then they can come in with their garments and we will clean their prom clothes for free.”
Several educators have volunteered their time and efforts for the event. They include Library Technician Holly Lambert, College and Career Advocate Beth VanHoose, office worker Alisa Eyre and Special Education English teacher Gale Caponi.
“We want to promote that these kids can have fun and enjoy a special night in their lives. There is a whole collection of dazzling evening gowns,” said Caponi.
Items needed are men’s suits and pants, prom/bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, evening purses, cosmetics, shoes, ties and belts. Donations and money can be dropped off at Kingman High School through Thursday. Call or text 928-727-4709 to schedule pickup for sizeable donations.