Quincy Public Schools Gives Out Free Prom Dresses To High School Seniors

QUINCY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The word “free” always has a nice ring to it --- especially when it’s a dress that you'll probably only wear once.

Leslie Bridson of Quincy Public Schools was one of the officials behind a pop-up at Central Middle School on Saturday that offered up hundreds of free prom dresses for the district's high school seniors.

"They're all new, all have tags on them," Bridson said. "They were dresses that were not used because all the proms were cancelled last year."

The 500 dresses were donated by Macy's after a slow prom shopping season in 2020, and held by the Salvation Army until it was announced that prom would be back on in 2021.

"This is kind of a nice way for a pretty traumatic year for so many of them just to kind of feel like things are getting back -- a little bit -- back to normal," Bridson said. "And it's a nice way for them to end out their senior year experience."

Courtney, the mother of Quincy High senior Briana, said the offerings were especially helpful -- given the high price of prom dresses in a typical year.

"When we went dress shopping last year we were looking at dresses that were five, six hundred dollars," she said. "I've been telling everyone about [this event] and they were all like, amazed."

The dresses were offered at the location until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Bridson said the ones that are left over will be passed on to other schools.

"We'd like them to go to other girls in other communities," she said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville (@sausvillewbz) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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