North Salem High School junior organizes prom drive for underserved teens


For most schools in Northern Westchester, prom is right around the corner. Prom is a time for teens to feel their best and often a memorable moment in one’s high school experience. But, while the idea of prom sparks excitement in many, this isn’t the case for all.

Aware of this dilemma, North Salem High School junior Julia Maloney decided to help—by hosting a prom drive. According to Julia, “this drive was mainly to relieve stress off of teenagers who want to attend these events. One doesn’t realize how costly going to prom and formals can be, and although it should be fun, for many people it can be quite stressful.” Before this drive, many teens struggled finding help during the prom season. Through Julia’s drive though, much of this stress can be taken off the backs of teens in need.

So far, Julia remarks that the community has been “so so helpful.” This drive is going towards Julia’s gold award, and has been a seamless process thanks to North Salem Middle School and High School principal—Vince Digrandi, who has been helpful in enabling Maloney to hold this drive. Maloney also adds that “working with the northern Westchester community center has been amazing.”

Maloney is collecting unused makeup—including blush, foundation, highlighter, bronzer, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, and lipgloss—hair products including hairspray, hair clips, and hair gel, jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and Maloney even adds that the center is also in need of socks for boys.

Students and staff can donate in boxes in front of Mrs. Brent’s desk, the main office, and the library. In order to get these items to teens in time for prom, Maloney has already hosted this drive once between April 4-8, and will continue hosting this drive between April 18-22. All items will go directly to the Northern Westchester Community Center and will be used in their prom store.

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