I have vague memories of being a teenager, but if I recall correctly, I was kind of a nightmare. I was selfish, way too concerned with what everyone else thought of me, and not a picnic for my parents. What's sad is that I don't think, comparatively, I was any different than my peers.
That's why this story restores my faith in Generation Z (yep, that's what high schoolers are in these days). Courtney Barich, an 18-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia, was ready to purchase a lovely $700 prom dress, but on the way home from the boutique, she had second thoughts.
According to Today.com: “We were driving in the car and I felt kind of selfish for how much it cost,” Barich said. “My mom said, ‘You would look good in anything, even a garbage bag or a potato sack.’ And the idea kind of grew from there.”
She decided not to get the dress and instead, created a website where she advertised her new plan: Go to the prom in a potato sack dress in exchange for $10,000 in donations to support the Saint Martin de Porres Orphanage in Manila, Philippines, which she and her classmates planned to visit in the next few months.
The donations came rolling in! Her good deed was rewarded when fashion designer Suman Faulkner offered to make her a prom-worthy gown out of burlap. Spending two weeks making a one-shoulder gown with burlap and pink and yellow flower embellishments, Faulkner, who is actually allergic to burlap, created a lovely dress. (see the finished product at Today.com)
But after prom was over, Barich continued to maintain her do-gooder status. She has continued to volunteer and is currently raising money for the orphanage, which she plans to visit for a second volunteer trip this September. Way to go, Courtney!
Doesn't she make a great role model?
-- Mara Betsch
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