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March 12, 2013 > Nights of Magic - How you can help

Nights of Magic - How you can help

By Suzanne Ortt
Photos By Gabriela Esquivez

Spring is near, signaling the approach of end-of-the-school year activities. Highlights are the formal and other fun dances and of course, graduation. However, formal clothing, fancy venues, and graduation, make costs prohibitive for many seniors. James Logan High School (JLHS) students began their own Princess Project, similar to a clothing drive for prom dresses by the Princess Club that began in San Francisco in 2005, and its popularity took off. Now Logan has a branch under the auspices of Ethnic Studies and Language Arts teachers, Tina Bobadilla-Mastel and Gabriela Esquivez. Logan's "Princesses" now are ardent advocates of this cause and, to quote from the Princess Project website, give "time, talent and taffeta."

Kickoff of the annual Princess Club Drive at JLHS has now begun, collecting prom dresses and accessories in good condition for those who cannot afford the costs of purchasing these items. Time is of the essence since the James Logan High School Senior Ball is scheduled Saturday, May 4. Donations are accepted until April 25, at James Logan High School, 1800 H Street, Union City.

The Wedding and Dreams Shop - 40528 Albrae St., Fremont (510) 438-8877 - has joined as a collection site this year. Its deadline is the end of March. The bridal shop will give up to a $25 coupon that can be used toward a prom gown purchase or tuxedo rental in exchange for acceptable contributions. Any students referred by the Princess Club will generate a $10 donation to the Club for a prom sale or tuxedo rental when a gown is not donated. The drive covers James Logan and Conley-Caraballo High Schools.

For more information, contact Club Advisors Mrs. Bobadilla-Mastel and Ms. Esquivez, at (510) 471-2520.

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