Classroom On the Mall Students Make Prom Dreams Come True

Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) marketing students in the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall course are opening their annual Fair Oaks Prom Dress Shop on Friday, April 27.

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.

Applying skills 

The Classroom on the Mall students apply retail marketing and visual merchandising skills learned throughout the school year to transform their classroom into a classy consignment store. “This is an excellent opportunity to accomplish several goals at once,” said Classroom on the Mall Instructor Miranda Schick. “First, students apply marketing lessons to a real-world retail environment. Second, they support the School Board’s goal to be responsible members of our community by helping those who are less fortunate.”

Dresses and accessories are also being collected by marketing students at some FCPS high schools and can be dropped off at the store during hours of operation. Accessories collected include shoes, purses, and jewelry.

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 & 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 select a free dress during the following store hours:

  • Friday, April 27                                                  4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28                                              2 to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29                                                1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4                                                     4 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5                                                 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6                                                   1 to 4 p.m.