Prom is considered to be among the most important of school events for many high school students, with many students shopping, planning and preparing for it months in advance.

With the cost of dresses, hair, makeup and manicures, the price of dressing up for this event can become very expensive very fast. The expectation to dress up can be daunting, especially for students who simply cannot afford to. This may cause some students to avoid going all together and missing out on such an important night.

But with the help of the Jennings County Community Foundation, Leslie Davisson and Kristen O’Connor have been working to correct this problem since 2012 through the Confidence Project. This project has allowed these two women to provide high school-aged girls with dresses, beauticians and corsages free of charge to give them the opportunity to enjoy the night just as much as any other student.

All of this is made possible through donations of dresses, Sisters Floral’s donation of corsages and the time of those talented in doing hair and makeup. The Confidence Project accepts dress donations all year round.

This year, girls can try on dresses and sign up for hair or makeup services from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jennings County Community Foundation, located at 111 N. State St. in North Vernon.

Any questions can be directed to the foundation’s Facebook page,, or to

Ashley Browning is a senior at Jennings County High School.