By: Tempestt Walker
What’s a better way to attract high school students to the many great opportunities that Owens Community College has to offer, but to do something beneficial for the community of these high school students says: Adren Burkes, student at Owens, club coordinator for raising awareness.
“This is the 1st year that we decided to do a homecoming dress sale event for the community admitted Burkes, We usually do prom dress sale events almost every year and I decided why not do something for homecoming as well,” said Burkes.
The whole idea is drawing high school students in, to get them talking about issues that often plague not only the community but also the classrooms, hallways and locker rooms of their school. These issues target areas such as improving self esteem, bullying, and domestic violence. Allowing the student to identify with these issues and address them openly amongst one another in hopes to find an infinite resolution.
“One way to target some of these issues,” said Burkes “is to provide events like the Raising Awareness Homecoming dress sale.”
The dress allowed students to come out and purchase very cost effective dresses, shoes, and purses with prices as low as two and three dollars . Along with dress vendors came out to help support event. Robin Ross Independent Sales director for Mary Kay / motivational speaker says that upon hearing about the event thought it would be a great idea to merge with Burkes vision for providing services to the young women of the community with style and beauty tips for homecoming as well day to day basis. While help dealing with school and community related issues such as self esteem, by offering make up application and removal workshops and everyday health and beauty tips, Ross said that she’s looking forward to working with Burkes in the near future for different upcoming events for the community. As people came out to shop they were amazed not only by the great prices of the dresses and shoes but also the purpose for the homecoming sale. Community local parent Nancy Blair was out dress shopping with daughter Renee and happened to find the ad in the paper by accident when reading newspaper and decided to come out and show some support. Nancy said that she wants to know more about the upcoming events for raising awareness. Parents Lorrain and Tom Hodnacki brought their daughter Rachael out to find a dress for her 1st homecoming. This is a great way to get the community involved in a positive way concerning issues within the schools and neighborhoods of these students and also look forward to attending any upcoming events involving raising awareness.