Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rites of School Passage


There is a buzz in the air here at Latham. I’m not sure who is more excited, the students or the staff. Next week is Prom. That is the marquee event of the season for teens concluding their school year. While many teachers’ world-wide shudder and sigh over the Prom and all that it entails, we celebrate it. Prom dresses, tuxedos, up-dos, high heels, flowers, make-up, and sparkling accessories will adorn our students.

This event takes a lot of cooperation and planning. Latham School has a band of merry helpers to insure that this day is one of life-long memories for the students. Many are our dedicated and resourceful staff who will create an atmosphere of glamour here on campus. Community volunteers and program partners are joining in on the excitement too. How did they pull this off?
First came the dresses. Generous donors of galas gone by who contributed their party frocks so that the girls could experience selecting their dress from racks of beautiful gowns. Cape Cod women who shared our story on social media sent in dresses. Neiman Marcus Natick generously donated dresses, accessories, and three make-up artists to pamper our girls the day of the event; Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod is under writing the costs of the tuxedos from Puritan Clothing Company that our young men will be wearing. A Cape Cod corps of hairstylists are donating their time and will arrive early in the morning to pin, spray and style. The Candleberry Inn of Brewster is offering a place to stay for those traveling from Natick on their day off to powder and gloss. All are generous friends of Latham and more importantly, generous benefactors to a great group of kids.

I have always felt that we live in a special place. This is Cape Cod. This is community. This is Latham. I can’t wait to share the photos of this celebratory occasion!

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant

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