Dress For Success Treats Teachers To Some Free Back-To-School Attire

Nancy Smith, an eighth-grade teacher at Lake Shore Middle School in Belle Glade, received this attractive outfit during the 2023 teacher appreciation event.

Dress for Success Palm Beaches (DFSPB) once again is sending female teachers back to school in style, offering them attire at no cost as they prepare to return to the classroom.

In its fourth year, the seasonal “shopping” experience for teaching personnel from local schools is the nonprofit’s show of appreciation for those educators who go above and beyond, playing a vital role in assuring the welfare of local youth and families.

Reservations are required for the individual “pampering” appointments that will feature a personal stylist assigned to each participant, helping her find the perfect wardrobe addition. Participants also will receive school supplies and a selection of amenities provided by local businesses, including Chick-fil-A, Goodera, Office Depot, PDQ, Sam’s Club and TLC4Teachers.

The DFSPB Back-to-School Program will take place at the organization’s Palm Springs headquarters at 2459 S. Congress Avenue, Suite 204, beginning Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27, and Thursday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. Additionally, appointments will be available at the nonprofit’s Belle Glade branch, located at 1089 S. Main Street, on Wednesday, July 24 through Friday, July 26, and Thursday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Teachers are so deserving of this treat,” DFSPB CEO Joe Ann Fletcher said. “Even though our governor plans to increase their pay, Florida ranks second to last in the country in teachers’ salaries, and we know many of them spend overtime hours with their students, plus often purchase classroom supplies at their own expense. Setting aside a few days to offer these professionals and role models this morale-boosting experience is in perfect alignment with our Dress for Success mission to empower women. Our priority is to clothe and serve women who are preparing for job interviews or about to begin a new job, but thanks to the generosity of community donations, our racks of clothing and bins of accessories are overflowing, and we’re able to share the opportunity with this essential workforce.”

To reserve an appointment, teachers should call (561) 249-3898. For more information, visit www.dressforsuccesspb.org.

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