The Extraordinary Students of Westport’s ‘STEEL’ Are Helping Their Peers With a Prom Attire Drive
Over at the new Westport Middle-High School, you'll find a group of students with goals to better their community.
They call themselves 'STEEL' (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Leadership) and they're running a Prom Attire Drive collecting gently used Prom Dresses and Suits until March 24th.
"We will also have a pop-up shop at the high school in early April where students will be able to “shop” prom, all we ask is that they make a small donation," STEEL Advisor Melissa Maltais-Avila said, "All donations will be donated to a nonprofit of my STEEL students’ choice and we will also be raffling off five (5) corsages/ boutonnières all donated by Rustic Rose Floral Design."
This is the first year STEEL is running the drive and tickets will be $5 each. Donations can be dropped off at 400 Old County Road in Westport from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
"When we discussed before we committed to running the drive the STEEL leaders said, 'we truly are about helping the community any way that we can. We feel that there is a huge need to support students that want to go to prom, but do not have the means to do so," Maltais-Avila said. "This group is doing tremendous things for the community,"
This year, STEEL volunteered at the Westport food pantry, with the Macomber production of the Gingerbread man, helped Westport middle school drama organize their costumes and props, volunteered at St. Vincent home, and held a toy drive for the kids there.
The group has plans to help out my brother’s keeper, Spectrum Empowerment, the Rotary Club filing bags of supplies, etc.