LATE TONIGHT — SPRING MAY SEEM FAR, FAR AWAY. BUT IT WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT! AND WITH THE WARMER WEATHER, COMES PROM SEASON. ONE MOTHER IS MAKING IT HER MISSION — TO MAKE THE DANCE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER JULIANNE LIMA EXPLAINS — FROM THE BLACKSTONE VALLEY MOBILE NEWSROOM. WHEN MONEY IS TIGHT — SOME FAMILIES CAN’T AFFORD THE FANCY CLOTHING — TO ATTEND A HIGH SCHOOL DANCE OR FUNCTION. SO ONE PAWTUCKET MOTHER IS TEAMING UP — WITH A PAIR OF LOCAL BUSINESSES — TO HELP SOLVE THAT PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL. FROM THE TICKET — TO THE TRANSPORTATION — HIGH SCHOOL PROM CAN PUT A DENT IN YOUR WALLET. “Gowns are expensive.” “Some 300, 400 dollars.” JOANNE BONOLLO HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE PAWTUCKET SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR 13 YEARS. SHE SAYS — SOME CITY STUDENTS SKIP HOMECOMING, BANQUETS, PROM AND OTHER EVENTS — BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD THE PROPER ATTIRE. “It’s a big expense for one night.” NOW — SHE’S SPEARHEADING AN EFFORT TO COLLECT DRESSES FOR THE CITY’S YOUNG LADIES. “They’re usually worn once, put in a closet, and that’s where they stay until someone decides to clean their closet. This way it helps our students, it helps our families, and it makes the night special for our girls.” “It was a no brainer, anything we can do to help.” HOWELL SMITH OWNS THE PHARMACY AND GIFT SHOP ON CENTRAL AVE. HE HAS TWO DAUGHTERS OF HIS OWN — AND REMEMBERS THE DAYS OF SCHOOL DANCE DRESS SHOPPING. “They were very hectic, nerve- wracking, expensive! Um but we all got through it.” HE DIDN’T HESITATE TO LEND SOME OF HIS SPACE TO HELP THE CAUSE. YOU CAN DROP OFF DRESSES HERE — OR AT THE EMPOWERMENT FACTORY ON MAIN STREET — DURING BUSINESS HOURS. “I thought it was a wonderful idea to help the young ladies in Pawtucket, and uh I couldn’t be happier.” DRESSES WILL BE COLLECTED AT BOTH BUSINESSES UNTIL MARCH 10TH. REPORTING IN PAWTUCKET I’M JULIANNE LIMA, EYEWITNESS NEWS.