Project Prom & “The Closet”

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Project Prom & “The Closet”

Making Prom Possible For Local Teens And More

When parent volunteers asked how they could help students at Pojoaque Valley Schools they were directed to Jill Morton the District Nurse manager.  Just over a year ago she started “The Closet”.  The school closet came about because one student was in need of a Prom Dress. Jill Morton saw a need and decided to start “The Closet.” This closet is open to all students and provides new or gently used clothes, jackets, hats, gloves and formal wear.  “Everyone is welcome to stop by and find something they like or need, no questions asked, we don’t turn any student away” says Jill. 

Since “The Closet” started it has been able to expand to each of the five school sites, located in the nurses office.  “We have been able to help several hundred students and several families in the community, and hope to continue helping.” stated Ms. Morton.  The items most needed are new underwear in sizes 4-10 and leggings or sweats for the pre-k and elementary kids.  The 2nd most needed item is formal dresses and suits for our high school students.  More students would attend prom if they only had a dress or suit; parent volunteers wanted to help make this happen; so Project Prom was created to do just that. 

Project Prom is asking the community to donate gently used or new formal wear, including dresses, suits and accessories, to help young men and women at Pojoaque Valley Schools enjoy prom. 

Pojoaque Valley Schools, in cooperation with Buffalo Thunder Resort and Martinizing Dry Cleaning will collect formal wear for girls and boys from Feb. 1-28. The community can donate the clothing at Buffalo Thunder Resort Players Club, Cities of Gold Players Club and the Buffalo Thunder Hilton front desk. 

Every formal wear donation will be entered into a drawing to win a night stay and dinner for two at Buffalo Thunder Resort.

For girls, donations can include formal prom-appropriate and semi-formal dresses, bridesmaid or cocktail dresses, matching jewelry, handbags, shawls and accessories, and matching dress shoes of all sizes.

For boys, donations can include suits, tuxedos and formal wear, gently new or used dress shoes of all sizes, neckties and bowties, cufflinks and handkerchiefs that go with the suit that is donated.

For Project Prom information, text (505) 690-1166, (505) 709-0594, or email

For more information on “The Closet” at Pojoaque Valley Schools and how you can help contact Jill Morton @ (505) 455-2234, Ext. 1103 or email