My Sister’s Closet

LHS freshman starts formal dress rental program
By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer

Story and photo by GARRETT HARR
LHS freshman Tala Jarecke has never bought a formal dress in her life. She has always been fortunate enough to borrow from her sister.
“I think it’s ridiculous to buy a dress for just one occasion,” she said.
Not everyone however, is lucky enough to have an older sister to borrow from; but most girls shared the same thoughts as Tala. Why buy one dress for one occasion?
Jarecke knew then what her first project as a ninth-grade student would be: She would start a rent-a-dress program for all the girls in her school, giving every single teen the same opportunity that she had growing up. Jarecke knew the project was more than she could handle on her own. But she had a good idea of where to start.
First, she needed the dresses, then she needed the closet.
That’s where Haley Barker came in. Jerecke’s Family and Consumer Studies teacher had a giant closet in her classroom.
With Jarecke donating most of the dresses herself and accepting donations, she managed to accumulate 65 stylish gowns in just a month. Mrs. Barker is beginning to have a hard time finding room in the closet to store them. Currently, the dresses are all neatly stored on racks in the closet, but the closet is beginning to resemble a Macy’s department store changing room.
My Sister’s Closet is open to any student. High school students are welcome to visit Mrs. Barker’s room 207 and step into the fairytale closet and try on any dress that tickles their fancy. Try-on days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after school. There are dresses of all colors and sizes and My Sister’s Closet is always accepting donations. The deposit fee is $20, the entirety of which is returned upon the return of the dress.
With Winter Formal approaching and other future formal affairs on the calendar, My Sister’s Closet is fast becoming the dream destination of the high school haute couture crowd.

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