HOUSTON - Harvey has ruined many things across the Houston area, but a group of Katy teachers, parents and students have joined forces to make sure homecoming is not another storm casualty.
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The organizers have set up what they're calling "pop-up shops" at homes and schools in Katy to help furnish students with dresses and shoes for the big dance.
Reagan Celaya, a sophomore at James E. Taylor High School in Katy, started asking for dress donations just over a week ago. She collected more than 250 dresses.
In a Facebook post, Reagan wrote: “No girl should have to skip homecoming because they couldn't afford a dress or simply because they forgot about how close their homecoming was.”
In addition to Reagan’s efforts, a group of teachers at Memorial Parkway Junior High held a drive to collect dresses. They gathered nearly 400 in just eight hours.
Some of those dresses have been given to students, but many more -- more than 600 -- remain for girls to peruse.
On Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., a pop-up shop will be held at James E. Taylor High School in the Competition Gym foyer, located at 20700 Kingsland Boulevard, Katy, Texas 77450.
Still need a dress for Homecoming? If it fits, it is FREE!!! Come to @THS_Mustangs high school competition gym on Wed. Sept 13 from 6-8 pic.twitter.com/NEGLIrfxHb — Melanie Beisert (@MrsBeisert) September 12, 2017
The effort was initially aimed at Katy students, but organizers have decided to help students from across the area.
The organizers’ slogan: “If it fits, it is FREE!”
“We have so many dresses,” organizer Melanie Beisert said. “We need girls to try on these dresses -- to come and take them.”
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