Dresses donated to school boutique

A Salem retail clothing store that has gone out of business donated the last of its apparel to area schools this week. East Palestine received more than 150 dresses to add to its Eppy’s Attic boutique for students. (Submitted photo)

EAST PALESTINE — A new clothing boutique at the East Palestine High School has received more than 100 new dresses from a Salem business.

East Palestine Superintendent Traci Hostetler said the Eppy’s Attic boutique received the semi formal and formal dresses as a donation from Dress 2 Impress 4 Less.

The Salem retail clothing store donated the dresses as part of its going out of business process. The store was officially closed as of Tuesday, according to its Facebook page.

The business also donated dresses to the Columbiana County Educational Service Center, the page stated.

“They will let the young ladies come in and choose a gown for free! Our dream will continue on through these organizations,” the business wrote on Facebook. “Thank you all for your support over the past four months. You’re fantastic and it has been a true blessing getting to know you all.”

Hostetler said Dress 2 Impress 4 Less donated more than 150 dresses, which will now be added to the already growing assortment of semi formal and formal wear for both male and female students.

Eppy’s Attic boutique was created by the high school after members of the district’s Key Communicator group looked into ways to help students with finding formal attire for various events.

The boutique consists of gently used items that have been donated by other students and the community.

Students can schedule private shopping appointments for before or after school hours.

“We cannot begin to express the depth of our gratitude to Dress 2 Impress 4 Less,” Hostetler said. “The kindness and generosity of those at Dress 2 Impress 4 Less and that of our amazing community has allowed us to continue to expand Eppy’s Attic and provide an extraordinary amount of choice for our students.”

Volunteers at the school spent Tuesday evening sorting all of the gowns and arranging them by size.