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A night to remember

Corsages. Tux rentals. Dresses. Dinner. Parties. Prom can cost a lot more than the price of admission. But for some area students, having a night to be just like every other teen is priceless.

Stafford County Public Schools social workers want to find sponsors for high school seniors, so they can attend prom. “You never get to go back and repeat these years,” social worker Maarja Bracero said.

So if you could help a teen attend prom–either this year or next year–let Kathy Olson, coordinator of social work services, know.

Olson also needs a few other items to help homeless teens and homeless families with students in Stafford schools. Her wish list includes:

  • toiletries
  • laundry supplies
  • plastic baggies
  • non-perishable food
  • snacks
  • cleaning supplies
  • paper products
  • gift cards to grocery stores, gas stations, fast food restaurants or drug stores
  • new underwear and socks (kids and adult sizes)
  • storage boxes with lids
  • laundry baskets

If you can help with any of these items,  contact Olson or drop off donations at the Tyler Building of the Melchers Complex–610 Gayle Street; Falmouth, Va. 22405.

Contact Olson at 540/899-6213 or


  • Rexy

    This sounds like a great program. Is there anything similar in Spotsylvania? I would love to help a student in my county,

  • aumble

    Yes, you can help homeless kids in Spotsy, too. To do so, call Michelle Patton at (540) 840-0950.

  • Louise Zwileneff

    How about those prom dresses that our daughters only wore once? I know I have several plus bridesmaid dresses, and evening wear from weddings.