Are you planning to do some spring-cleaning over spring break? As you’re sifting through your closet, please set aside any gently used, well-cared for, school and church clothing for Middle and Upper School boys and girls to fill the Breakthrough Boutique! This year’s co-chairs, sophomores Abby McGehee and Abby Timmerman, will start the Breakthrough Boutique clothing collection drive on Tuesday, March 19. It runs through Wednesday, June 5. Breakthrough students will shop the boutique on Tuesday, June 18, and then attend Fancy Meal at the Fort Worth Club, on Thursday, June 20.
Because the Fancy Meal Celebration is considered a “dressy” affair for the students, McGehee and Timmerman are looking for gently used donations of dresses, suits, shirts, blouses, slacks for boys and girls, khakis for boys, sport coats, button-down shirts and polos, as well as boys’ and girls’ shoes. “We really want people to donate more accessories this year if they are willing,” Timmerman said. “Jewelry, belts, purses, ties, shawls/wraps or shrug/cardigan sweaters are items the kids get really excited about.” The boutique also accepts everyday school wear for boys and girls—jeans; casual dresses; skirts and shirts; polos; casual T-shirts; tennis shoes; and winter clothing, including jackets, hoodies and coats.
“Fancy Meal is a new life experience for the kids in Breakthrough, and we love giving them the opportunity to pick out an outfit that they love,” McGehee and Timmerman said.
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to learn more.
Collection bins will be located in the Upper School Commons and the Amon G. Carter Foundation Commons in the Middle School. Donations also can be sent directly to the Breakthrough Fort Worth Office, located on the ground floor of the Upper School.
For more information or to learn more about how you can help, email Abby McGehee
or Abby Timmerman
. About the Breakthrough Boutique and Fancy Meal
Each summer, Breakthrough Fort Worth ninth-graders attend the Fancy Meal Celebration luncheon, a rite of passage for third-year students that serves as part of their summer leadership series and is designed to develop important social skills. In 2008, when Fort Worth Country Day students realized that some Breakthrough students were reluctant to attend the Fort Worth Club event without appropriate attire, they created the Breakthrough Boutique. Now, 11 years later, the boutique has become an integral and fun component of the Breakthrough students’ Fancy Meal experience.
A day or two prior to the Fancy Meal event, the students also participate in a mock luncheon classroom. Guided by the Junior League of Fort Worth, the activity allows them to practice table etiquette; appropriate conversation; and leadership roles that include speaking parts, escorting guests and initiating conversations with the community leaders they will meet.