With prom season just around the corner, marketing students in the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall course are preparing to open the annual Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop.
The dress shop, which has been in business for five years, has helped hundreds of financially needy students attend prom in style each spring. The shop also accepts donations of stylish, high-quality, dry-cleaned prom dresses and select accessories.
Classroom on the Mall students apply retail marketing and visual merchandising skills learned throughout the school year to transform their classroom into a consignment store focused on prom clothing.
â€œThis is an excellent opportunity to accomplish several goals at once,â€ said Miranda Schick, Classroom on the Mall instructor. â€œStudents apply marketing lessons learned to a real-world retail environment while supporting the [Fairfax County] School Boardâ€™s goals to be responsible members of our community by helping those who are less fortunate.â€
Dresses and accessories — including shoes, purses, and jewelry — are also being collected by marketing students at some FCPS high schools and can be dropped off at the store during hours of operation.
Opening for business
The Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop is located on the lower level of Fair Oaks Shopping Center inside the mall entrance between Sears and Lord and Taylor near Cold Stone Creamery.
Students from any area high school who are in financial need of a prom dress can come to the Prom Dress Shop, show a valid student ID or other form of school identification, and anonymously select a free dress during the following store hours:
- Friday, April 29 4 to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, April 30 2 to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, May 1 1 to 4 p.m.
- Friday, May 6 4 to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 7 2 to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, May 8 1 to 4 p.m.