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Sob! ‘Poor Kids’ Can’t Afford Prom Dresses

From CNN’s tear-soaked Money.Com:

A recipient of the Simuel Whitfield Simmons’ prom gown program, which provides dresses at no cost to high schoolers in need.

Cost of prom rises, leaving many kids left out

As the cost of prom gets increasingly more expensive, fewer kids can afford to go.

By Jessica Dickler June 16, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — It’s one of the most celebrated high school experiences, where love is discovered, friendships are fostered and memories are made.

At least that’s how prom looks in the movies.

The reality is that those "midnight masquerades," "enchantments under the sea" and "midsummer night’s dreams" have become the latest battleground between the haves and have-nots in this country.

Between tickets, attire, shoes, accessories, flowers, limousines, photographers and after-parties, the average family with a high school student attending the prom spent a whopping $807 this year, according to a recent survey by Visa.

But nearly a quarter of families spent nothing at all — because they could not afford to go. "Some people are opting out entirely because times are tight and the social cost of admission is so high now," said Jason Alderman, director of Visa’s financial education programs.

Just out of curiosity, how much does an iPhone cost, and the necessary monthly data plan?

While some teenagers and their parents are willing to shell out close to $1,000 or more on their junior or senior prom, others, like 16-year-old Emily Butler, simply cannot afford it.

Although both her parents work, they have been hit hard by the real estate slump in Northern California and lost their home to foreclosure.

"Her prom was $65 per child just to go to the party, not to mention the dress, shoes, dinner, corsage or boutonniere, etc," Emily’s mom Alicia Sylvia Butler said. "Several kids opted out of attending due to finances, our daughter included."

"If money was not an obstacle a lot of kids would have gone to that party," she added.

For some reason we are reminded of the tragic tale of the man who was so ashamed about the cracks in the leather seats of his private jet that he couldn’t fly his friends to the Super Bowl.

Still, it is clear that the government is going to have to step in and create some kind of program to help the poor (and minorities, of course) buy prom dresses. In the name of ‘social justice,’ of course.

As a weak job market, falling home prices and rising inflation take a significant toll on many families’ discretionary incomes, the richest Americans are watching their wealth surge, leaving little need to reel in such expensive prom parties

It’s the same old story. The rich get richer and the poor get Cinderellas children who can’t go to the ball prom.

Sophia Flot-Warner’s [sic] daughter, Brionn [sic], was also excluded from her senior prom in Houston, Tex. because of the cost. "We had already put aside money for the dress, but the ticket and the location were a bit of a challenge for us," Flot-Warner admitted.

"The prom tickets cost $150 a person and my daughter’s date was not a student so she’d have to pay $300 for them to go and that wasn’t feasible. Plus the location was over 50 miles away and the kids wanted to take a limo," she explained.

Did it even occur to Ms. Brionn Flot-Warner to maybe skip the limo? Apparently, in addition to prom dresses, the tickets and limos will have to be subsidized by the taxpayer, as well.

Brionn and her friends planned a small-scale party for those students who could not attend their school’s pricey prom with donations from parents and student-made decorations. In the end, more students attended their party than the prom itself, her mom said

What a tribute to the indomitable human spirit!

To help alleviate the financial strain of attending the big dance, several small non-profits providing free prom dresses for those in need have popped up across the country.

The Simuel [sic] Whitfield Simmons Organization in Somerset, N.J. holds events at local high schools where students designated by the school can pick among dozens of donated dresses.

Sometimes it really does seem like we have taken up permanent residence in the theater of the absurd.

"After we did our program at Franklin High School last month, we had schools calling us from all over," said founder Natasha Rodgers. Otherwise, "we see teachers sometimes pulling money out of their own pockets to buy dresses for students."

Which is yet another indication that teachers are being wildly overpaid.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Sob! ‘Poor Kids’ Can’t Afford Prom Dresses”

  1. Petronius says:

    Whining is one of the hallmarks of Liberalism.

    Like their compulsion to “do something,” their fondness for preposterous plans and utopian schemes, their soupy clichés, irrational righteous indignation, their propensity to theft, violence, and destruction, their thirst for unearned admiration, empathy for impotence and emptiness, and scorn and malevolence for everything that is whole, healthy, clean, sound, beautiful, and successful in this world, whining is a distinctive characteristic of the Liberal mind.

    For a Liberal, whining is more than a moral imperative. It is a way of life.

  2. TerryAnne says:

    Now the Inner City kids just have something else they can blame. “I din’t get to go to no prom. Tha’s why I be shooting and stealing. Where my $2? I want my $2!”

  3. Chinnubie says:

    What ever happened to earning your own money to go to prom since when did it have to be up to Mom & Dad to pay for kiddie parties? I had a job and paid for my prom from the tickets to the hotel afterwards. I even had enough left over to get White Castle after the sex. How about that??

    • TerryAnne says:

      Most kids are not forced to get jobs anymore. Granted, there are none, but that is besides the point, since babysitting and grass cutting were options (before the Great Mexican Migration). I have many friends with kids 16 and over and not a one of them forces their children to get a job…even during the summer!! Not that long ago, when I was a teen in the early 90s, my parents picked up applications to every place they could think of, gave me a pen, and said, “pick the ones you wouldn’t mind working at; you will have a job.”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      You go, Chin!!

    • usmcmgb says:

      Bingo Chin! Our daughter has been working at the local Veterinarian’s office since she was 15. She wanted to do all of the usual prom crapola with her friends and we told her you want all that, go for it but you’ll have to pay for it. And she did. The dress, the tickets, the post-prom event sponsored by the school (the school PTA holds fund raisers throughout the year to sponsor the after prom event…better than having the kids wind up at drunken private parties) all paid by her. And we don’t feel like mean, nasty people for making our daughter actually work for something she wanted. I’ve seen the results among some of my daughter’s friends of parents who give their kids everything. The result? Nasty little bas**rds with a well honed sense of entitlement and privilage. Future Democrat voters I’m sure.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Add another class of people to the roles of Woes and Misery all caused by the Bush Presidency.
    These chillins’ needs are being over looked by the Gov’t. and this simply won’t do, man! (sarc)
    Congratulations on finishing High School!! Now join your parents in the unemployment lines for your fair share of ‘Hope and Change’.

  5. The Redneck says:

    I didn’t go to my prom my senior year, nor my junior year. I think I turned out just fine.

  6. Right of the People says:

    When I was a Ute way back in Middle Earth, nobody rode in a limo to go to the prom and tuxes were optional. Hell, a lot of us didn’t even wear a tie of course this was the very early 70’s. Our prom was held in our all purpose school gymatorium and the biggest expense was the band and the food and I sure as heck had to pay my own way which I did with the two different part-time jobs I worked to pay for MY stuff.

    When our daughter was growing up she did chores around the house for her allowance and later when her grandparents bought her a car for her 17th birthday (she was the only grandchild on either side and they spoiled the heck out of her) I taught her how to change the oil and other minor repairs and she had to get a job to pay for gas and insurance. No money, the car sat. She is a well adjusted adult now who worked multiple part-time jobs to get through college including a masters degree.

    These utes today are just too freakin’ entitled. Someone needs to knock some heads together.

  7. JohnMG says:

    “…..”If money was not an obstacle a lot of kids would have gone to that party,” she added……”

    Really??!!

    Is it any wonder the kids think like they do? They learn it from their parents. What rational mind even thinks something like that, much less gives voice to it?

    I mean, if money wasn’t an obstacle I’d be retired already, driving a new Lamborghini instead of still working my ass off in the construction business at age sixty-five.

    The above quote reveals two pressing problems; One, those people reproduce. And two, they vote predominately for Democrats. (sigh)

  8. beautyofreason says:

    “the average family with a high school student attending the prom spent a whopping $807 this year, according to a recent survey by Visa.”

    WOW. This takes my breath away.

    800 dollars for a party? What are these kids attending, a Democratic fundraiser?
    That’s two weeks salary for many in my area.

    In a bad economy I’m surprised parents shell out anything beyond the clothes.

  9. Melly says:

    Goodwill stores have lovely prom dresses. These people don’t know what it is to suffer financially.

  10. grits says:

    I sewed my own formals by the time I was 16. Later, as a high-school home economics teacher ( an obsolete discipline, I know), I taught my students to make their own prom dresses. The lack of self-sufficiency and basic skill is as appalling as the expectation of obscene consumption.

  11. Chase says:

    Between the King of Losers, LeBron, the endless hours of hype over the Super Bowl, the ugliness exuded by Lady Gaga in her attempt to overcome innate homeliness, and the armpit of U.S. culture in the WWE/WWF, so much of US culture is more about the entry, the hype, the endless decibel-busting “show”, blustery talk, chest-thumping, braggadoccio vs any actual substance, meaning, or positive effect of hard work.

    For the record, I did not attend Prom in the school into which my father’s military transfer had inserted me (the local NCO club had no appeal after participating in one in a German castle), and I would quickly do all I could to dispell any rumors of willing association, past or present, with a Ute (Ewet/Yoot – LOL), I do recall that it was traditional for the Jr class to run fundraisers all year long to pay for the actual dance costs/venue rental for the graduating Seniors, knowing their Senior year would bring them the same send-off.

    However, again, the need to talk smack by being more outrageous, more showy, more Gucci and Glitz than the next guy or girl is all foolish pride – which is always waste and advances nothing except for those invested in leveraging that for croney business deals through local corrupted school administrators, etc. who allow prom parties to become so overpriced vehicles for profit. (I am digressingly referring to the post-prom graduation monopolies who have unpermitted access to student’s personal information via which they make repeated unwelcome phone calls for their crooked cap and gown rentals and paraphenalia peddling.) I tip my hat and support the kids in my area who work, save, and bring ingenuity and personal principles to bear when they circumvent the profit-takers, stand up to peer pressure and stereotype, or hold private prom night get-togethers that are more to their own preferences in behavior, dress, and openness to those who can only come-as-they-are, in the face of the scorn of popularity.

    Institutionalizing providing dresses for the poor as an entitlement to slake the need to be among the faux and flaunting? We really are pandering to the thinnest of desires and aspirations.

  12. untrainable says:

    Parents won’t pay for prom for their kids? Has anyone called 911 yet?
    I’m sure we’ll soon be hearing the 911 operator’s voice…

    : 911 – What is your emergency?
    : My… my… my… moms won’t shell out for my prom dress… can you send the police?
    : What is your emergency?
    : It’s… child abuse… di’ent you hear me? My moms won’t shell out for my prom dress! Cheap beotch. I want her arrested right now! NOW!!!

    I mean if not getting your MacNug`gits is reason enough to call the cops, this HAS to be justified… Right?

    As all our parents used to say… Kids Today… but we must now add… are worthless layabouts with no sense of anything beyond “I WANT”.

  13. Chinnubie says:

    I wanted to add one more thing, my son is 13 years old and this weekend he is working because he wants a new skateboard. He is building a shed and cutting grass. Hey Americans quit wanting something for nothing. Get out and earn it. If my 13 year old son can do it, so can you. Lazy people suck.


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