“It is an incredibly magnificent event made possible with the generosity and support of AT&T Pioneer-Lakeside Council,” Ms. Johnson said. “We send them the girls’ sizes, and they go shopping for us.”
“All the fabulous dresses are new, and the girls get to keep them after the event. Once the dresses are delivered to us, we have the parents and the girls come to choose the one they want for their Say Yes to the Dress moment. It really is wonderful to see the girls’ reactions!”
Ms. Johnson originally started Team P.I.N.K. while working at McNair Middle School. She brought the program to Flat Shoals when she transferred there in 2013. They teach the girls how to be good students in and outside the classroom and how to be ladies. They also do meaningful community projects.
“The students were looking for somebody to attach themselves to,” Ms. Johnson said. “They needed an adult to greet them in the morning or tell them, ‘Have a good day.’ Throughout the school year, we meet with the girls twice a month, and we end the school year with this big event.”
The All White Affair begins with the girls receiving a flower and walking down the aisle as they are presented to the audience. Ms. Johnson said the best part of the process is seeing the smiles on the girls’ faces when they put on that dress.
“They look and feel like royalty,” she said. “Some of the girls are very shy at the beginning of Team P.I.N.K., but their confidence is through the roof at the All White Affair.”