MATTHEWS, N.C. — Do you remember your high school prom? The fun and the excitement of that special night is not something every student can afford. But at one Matthews high school, department store Belk has stepped in to help in a big way.
Belk is paying for 200 students at Levine Middle College High School to attend prom. The students are getting it all covered -- the dresses, the suits, the shoes, even make up.
It's all thanks to Belk's Project Hometown program.
Kim Tuttle won teacher of the year. It was Tuttle herself who had the idea that her award should be given back to students.
"This is everything," Tuttle said.
Belk decided to go much further than the original $500 award and decided to give each student everything needed for the prom.
"It's truly a blessing," Tuttle said.
Tuttle said half of her kids did not attend last year's prom due to cost. Now because of this gift, everyone can enjoy the big night out.
"Words can't describe how awesome this is," student Alex Paquette said. "For students to go to a prom that a lot of them wouldn't be able to go to is amazing."
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