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CPS brings prom to foster care teens
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
High school students in foster care received the royal treatment today. Foster youth from fifteen different counties attended the ninth annual Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prom Project. Guys spent their day getting hair cuts and browsing for suits, while the girls picked out dresses and had a spa day.
The girls could choose from more than 600 prom dresses and a variety of shoes, jewelry, and clutches. It's Princess Jackson's fourth year to attend the Prom Project. Even though she's now a sophomore in college, she enjoys the event so much that she asked to return.
"It means a lot to all the girls in foster care and Girls Haven that never had a chance to do something like this, preparation for prom," said Jackson.
Shari Pulliam with Child Protective Services says everyone deserves to go to prom.
"We used to just do the day of pampering and give them everything they needed to go to their high school prom, but then we found out that even though we provided everything they needed, they still weren't attending," said Pulliam. "And so Child Protective Services decided, we're going to bring the prom to them."
While the girls got their hair, makeup, and nails done, the guys were preparing as well. Starting with a lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, that included an impromptu lesson on how to ask a girl to dance.
This will be Clayton Williams' first prom. He says he and his foster brothers have been looking forward to it.
"I think it's going to be great and we'll have a good time," said Williams, "and eat, and go dancing, and having fun with the girls, and getting door prizes and stuff like that."
After lunch, the guys will suit up.
"They are then going to have their hair cut from people at Sports Clips," said Pulliam. "They are going to Al's Formal Wear and getting otufitted in a pretty shirt and tie, and then they will be driven here by the Tri-City Corvette Club. And the girls will be anxiously awaiting them outside."
Their arrival will be followed by an evening of eating and dancing, a prom night to remember. Pulliam says the Prom Project is made possible by donations from businesses and the community.