By Richard Bammer
For high school senior girls, it is, perhaps, never too early to think about the prom. But in an era when prom expenses for girls can top $1,500, according to a Visa survey last year, prom may be out of reach for many families, especially the half of Americans that are considered poor or low-income.
The all-important dress is among the major cash outlays, and at Vacaville High School, members of a chapter of Becca’s Closet have made sure that no one misses the prom because of that cost.
The nonprofit Becca’s Closet (www.beccascloset.org) was created by Rebecca Kirtman, a Florida teenager. Her idea was to collect and give dresses to high school girls who wanted to attend their prom or homecoming but could not afford one. A cheerleader and honor student, she died in an auto accident in 2003, and the group’s mission has since spread across the nation and world.