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Students Find Prom Attire at the Regional Boutique

The price tag for formal prom wear can send anyone into sticker shock. Student Assistant Coordinators (SAC) across the Freehold Regional High School District wanted to ensure that all students would have access to formal wear for their prom.

District staff donated gowns, dresses, dress shirts, suits, shoes, and accessories they no longer needed to the newly formed Regional Boutique. Students came with friends to find the perfect prom attire at the Regional Boutique, trying on dresses and accessories.

The beauty of the Regional Boutique is that while each school has its own collection of items, there were items at five other schools to browse through if a student could not find what they were looking for. A student at Colts Neck High School was looking specifically for a black dress to wear to her prom. Brittany Bocchieri, SAC at Colts Neck, said the variety of items she had didn’t match what the student had hoped to find. Ms. Bocchieri enlisted the help of Manalapan’s SAC, Megan McGowan Mellaci, who held a virtual shop session of her inventory with the Colts Neck student. The dresses the student wished to see in person were sent over to Colts Neck so she could try them on.

At Freehold High School, one student was able to find a dress she loved the morning of the prom. Freehold’s SAC Eva Carella explained that the student had been unsure if she would attend the prom since she had been unable to find a dress. Ms. Carella said the student was so excited to find a dress she absolutely loved.

The Regional Boutique’s start-up year was an overall success in assisting students in need. Items donated to the Regional Boutique that were not used this past prom season will be held onto for next year’s festivities.