The Cinderella Project of Monroe provides local junior and senior girls prom dresses, while building self-­‐esteem, self-­‐confidence and the importance of giving back to others. In its seventh year, The Cinderella Project of Monroe is hosting their annual dress giveaway this Saturday, March 11 at the Monroe Civic Center from 9 a.m. until noon. The giveaway is open to all high school juniors and seniors with a valid school ID or other form of enrollment. Each girl is assigned a personal shopper, a Cinderella Project volunteer, to help pick out a dress and try dresses on. The Cinderella Project collects dresses in the months leading up to the giveaway, sponsored by Raising Cane’s and Cross Keys Bank and partners with Herringstone’s Boutique, Eleven 26, K-­‐Sera, Rodeo Boutique and D&D Dry Cleaners as drop off points. The Cinderella Project was founded in Baton Rouge in 2008 and has since branched out to be statewide, with chapters in Lafayette, Shreveport, New Orleans and Monroe. It is a completely 100% volunteer organization and relies heavily on donations to pay for storage, racks for the dresses and other costs throughout the year.

El Dorado's Kansas Association for Youth Club, sponsored by Heather Fangmann, hosted a successful Butler County Dress Day at EHS. Girls were able to walk on a red carpet as they entered the hallway from the west entrance and check out a wide selection of prom dresses, as well as shoes, jewelry and other accessories for the big night.

Nearly 50 girls from El Dorado, Augusta, Remington, Burns, Douglass, Andover Central, Circle and Flinthills scoured through a large collection of dresses that have been collected through donations, yard sales and other means. Fangmann said she has been collecting them for a couple years now. A total of 29 dresses were claimed at the event.