On April 2, 2011, SWCTA students will model dresses to raise money and awareness for The Shade Tree, an organization benefiting abused children, women, and pets.

“I think it will be very successful because SWCTA students are very generous and caring about others. We will do anything we can to help the abused women and children that are struggling out there,” says Nicole Boucher, sophomore. 

Students will help increase awareness for The Shade Tree, as well as raise money for those in need.

“It was a little idea at first. After we thought of more ideas, it exploded into a big event,” says Dueñas.

The juniors are designing new party and prom dresses, which took them a month to complete in time for the event.

DECA is helping them manage and coordinate the event. Members are assisting in organizing this event and selling tickets during both lunches. In addition, they are sponsoring various activities during lunch. Not only are the students having fun, but they can also receive a free ticket to the event if they win a lunchtime competition.

Catered food will be donated by Le Cordon Bleu, the College of Culinary Arts.

According to Dueñas, it’s “An extra bonus because it helps culinary and it’s a cool experience for business opportunities.”

Adults, SWCTA students, and students from other schools can attend this event. The range of prices is $5 for students, $10 for adults and $15 at the door. Participants can earn a free ticket by donating ten pieces of clothing and/or household items.