CASSTOWN — Most young girls love playing dress-up and admire female power figures in their favorite movies — which are often princesses. On Saturday, many young girls wore sparkly gowns and shiny tiaras to help save lives.
Twenty-five members of Miami East FFA, Pride in Miami East, National Honor Society, and others volunteered their time to conduct Princess For A Day and taught young girls what it takes to be a princess by painting nails, putting on makeup, providing healthy snacks, and more. The event, which took place during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, was to help raise money for the March of Dimes for research to prevent premature babies and produce healthier pregnancies.
As a result of the glamorous day, 62 girls participated, with $600 going to the March of Dimes.
“It was a good year,” said Marie Carity, FFA advisor and coordinator of the event. “It was definitely a collaborative effort … it’s a blessing to do every year.”
Carity, whose daughter was born prematurely, has put on the event for the past four years.
“March of Dimes is very near and dear to my heart,” she said, “Because of the research they did, (my daughter) is now healthy and I had a normal second delivery.”
The goal of the event was not only to raise money for March of Dimes, but to help young girls’ self-esteem. It also was an opportunity to have the girls already dressed and ready for a father-daughter dance that occurred later that evening.
“It is very much a confidence booster to make sure our young girls know how beautiful they are,” Carity said, “Whether their hair is done or they have a tiara or not, we really wanted to improve self awareness.”
The event was a learning experience as well. Carity told her high school volunteers that at their age, girls are often harsh and mean to themselves and each other. Princess for a Day helps girls to promote respect to themselves and each other. She also brought in the diapers her daughter wore as an infant, which were the size of the palm of their hand.
Boys also helped participate in the event, with some helping with goodie bags or refreshments. Nathan Teeters, senior and homecoming king, wore his crown during the event and senior Andrew Harmon came dressed as Prince Charming.
There are also ideas being discussed to do a program for young boys to participate in.
“We are always looking for improvements to give kids opportunities,” Carity said.
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