As high school and middle school graduations approach, many Westport students worry about what’s ahead.
Some have more immediate concerns: having the right clothes for the ceremony, and the festivities that surround it.
For 16 years, Westport’s Human Services Department has eased those fears. Its “Ceremonies and Celebrations” program helps purchase new clothing for graduates who cannot afford them.
Last year, 29 Westport students were able to purchase “special event” wear.
Human Services director Elaine Daignault says she always receives “numerous heartfelt notes of thanks and photos of the proud young people, as they walk across the stage or stand with relatives on their special day.”
In the grand scheme of things, the right clothes for graduation might not seem like much. To a teenager, it can be the biggest thing in the world.
“Small investments can enhance a young person’s self-esteem, mark new beginnings and celebrate their hard work despite financial challenges,” Daignault notes.
“Helping a young person feel good about their appearance is a momentous gift that can impact them for a lifetime.”
Tax-deductible checks (payable to “DHS Families Program”; memo line: “Ceremonies”) may be sent to the Department of Human Services, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport CT 06880, or dropped off in Room 200 of Town Hall daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gift cards of any amount (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Trumbull Mall/Westfield Shopping Center) are also gratefully accepted.
Human Services notes that donations honoring a teacher or special person in a student’s life will be acknowledged with a letter to the honoree.
If you know people who could benefit from this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-341-1050.