With prom season right around the corner, some high school students in Sudbury are getting their grad gowns for free.
It's because of All Dressed Up, an initiative founded by two public health nurses at the Sudbury and District Health Unit four years ago that sees donated prom dresses go to girls who may not be able to afford them.
This was the first year the give-away event was held at St. Charles College.
One Grade 12 student said she probably wouldn't have gone to prom if she hadn't gotten a dress for free.
"Because I wouldn't really be able to buy a dress or I'd probably use a dress I already kind of owned," Brittanie Halata said.
"Everybody wants to look good, right? So if you don't look good, then you kind of get judged by the other people."
Halata walked away from the dress-giveaway with a long silver and black dress — and a smile.
Anastasia Rioux is the teacher at St. Charles who helped bring All Dressed Up to the school for the first time.
"Students are not always going to tell us when they're having trouble coming up with the money for these types of things," she said.
"I can't help with the limo and I can't help them with other aspects of graduation, but I can certainly help them with a dress."
All Dressed Up will be held at a number of Sudbury high schools over the next few weeks.