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No prom dress? No problem!

CHAZY - There's about one month until prom, and if you're a girl who hasn't found a dress, you may be in luck.

Janet Castine and her daughter, Kayleigh, a member of the Chazy Central Rural School junior class, have been collecting dresses over the past few weeks for girls in need of the perfect prom gown. The collection culminated with a prom dress drive at the school March 31, giving young ladies the chance to search through what the Castines found.

The drive was something that seemed to come together almost instantly, said Janet, and began with her own daughter's unhappiness with her own prom dress.

"She was looking for something else, but didn't have a lot of money," explained Janet. "So, I decided to post something on Freecycle."

Freecycle, a nonprofit Web site which connects local people looking for and donating free items, was where Janet said she was able to connect with Donna Paola of Champlain, who hosted a prom dress drive for students in the Northeastern Clinton Central School District. That inspired her to want to do the same for students in Chazy.

"I thought that was a fantastic idea," said Janet. "I know there's a lot of girls in that situation, so, I talked to my daughter and decided we should do the same thing for her school."

"I thought it was a really good idea with the economy right now, not a lot of people have the money to get a dress and prom is really important in high school," said Kayleigh.

In the matter of a few short weeks, the Chazy prom dress drive collected nearly 40 dresses and gave girls a chance to browse through them Tuesday night.

Keatra Lapier, a freshman at CCRS, tried on a few different dresses before deciding on a red number that both her mother, Alyssa, and others at the prom dress drive gave high approval.

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