Global Citizenship students partner with 4-H to provide dresses for less-fortunate
Four Minnesota School of Business-Elk River students set their sights high on giving back to the local community by organizing a prom dress drive to raise money for the Anoka County 4-H program.
“I’ve been involved with 4-H since I was six,” said group leader Renee Swanson. “So I wanted to educate my group members about 4-H and raise money for the program’s expenses like supplies, fair ribbons and the scholarship fund.”
Getting 17 prom dresses donated in just 17 days was the group’s goal. A Facebook event was established to create awareness, along with flyers and a creatively-crafted donation box that was placed in the student commons at Minnesota School of Business in Elk River.
In just under 17 days, the group collected 28 dresses – 11 more than their goal. The donated dresses were then sold for a fraction of their original cost to high school girls, with an upcoming prom night, who otherwise couldn’t afford a dress.
The group raised $560 for the Anoka 4-H program from the sale of the donated dresses.
“Organizing the dress drive was just a piece of this group’s project for class,” said global citizenship instructor Nicole Rasmussen. “They also volunteered their time for a 4-H workshop and educated themselves on the 4-H program.”