After a successful donation drive, the Bellmore-Merrick’s John F. Kennedy High School chapter of Becca’s Closet was able to distribute more than 60 prom dresses to Long Island students in need throughout March.
Becca was a high school student in Florida who organized prom dress drives for two years before passing away in an automobile accident. Becca’s Closet chapters are now active in several states.
Junior Ava Mogelefsky, who serves as the chapter’s president, said they have collected more than 300 dresses since the start of the 2022-23 school year.
“I did this by reaching out to the Bellmore-Merrick communities by posting on various Facebook pages and letting people know I’d even pick up the dresses,” she explained. “I was then able to put together a committee of passionate teens to help sort and organize dresses as they came in and we will help style students as they make their dress choices.”
She utilized social media, local social services resources and guidance department advisers to help connect students in need of formal wear for upcoming dances or other events.
“Prom is a time in a teen’s life that ends one chapter and is the most exciting start of a new chapter in life,” Mogelefsky said. “I would like every young person entering that new chapter to feel beautiful and be filled with confidence no matter their body type, style or economic needs.”
Mogelefsky, who is a student in the School and Community Leadership program, used this effort as part of her leadership project.
Interested individuals can contact the Kennedy main office at 516-992-1400.
- Junior Ava Mogelefsky.
2-3) From left, Jordyn Kratenstein, Ava Mogelefsky and Julie Lehrfeld.
Photos courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District