On Friday, the Tuloso-Midway marketing classes held its 5th Annual Pre-Prom Couture.
The management class is in charge of leading the process and the other classes lend their assistance. Models must be in the marketing classes.
Students had to decide how much to charge and where to donate the proceeds. This has been a community service project for the DECA/Marketing students, said instructor LeAnn Dinsdale. Students selected the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society for their charities this year.
Students wanted to raise money for cancer research in honor of teachers at the school who have been affected by cancer. They decided to raise the ticket cost to $3 so they could donate to two charities, Dinsdale said. They also decided to give a reduced rate to anyone who brought cans of food for the food bank.
Students had to choose a theme and select stores to sponsor the attire. They invited David's Bridal, Bridal Boutique and After Five, Tuxedo Junction, Al's Formal Wear, and L'Vu to provide clothing. Students also had to create music, design the decorations, and get the models organized.
The clubs met Thursday night to set up and decorate the gym and have rehearsal for the models. Friday morning the stores delivered the clothing and helped everyone get dressed. The students were responsible for the flow of things and making sure everyone was ready, Dinsdale said. They were also in charge of asking for donations for door prizes.
The event raised more than $720 to split between the charities.
Some teachers were invited to be the teacher models and add some color to the show, Dinsdale said. All of the clothing sponsors offered discounts or coupons to students who modeled for them. Door prizes were awarded to students after the show.
"Students learned that a fashion show doesn't happen on its own and that a lot of work outside of the classroom is involved," Dinsdale said. "They learned how to manage and how to help others by making their donations to charity."