Converse College collects gowns for Peppermint Project

December 10, 2013 by  

For the second year in a row, students at Converse College in Spartanburg is accepting donations of formal dresses for its Peppermint Project so that students can look and feel as pretty as peppermint at the Winter Ball.

No doubt the students are using flyer printing around campus and throughout the community to let people know that such donations will be accepted through December 12.

Brianna Bateman, Student Government Association president, started the project last year during which time 68 gowns were collected. This enabled 28 students to attend the Ball who would not have otherwise been able to do so. Those who contributed gowns included alumnae, faculty, friends, students, and staff of Converse College.

According to Bateman, she started the project because of her dedication to the women who attend Converse College. Due to lack of money to buy dresses, she says that many women have not been able to attend dances of a formal nature. Contribution levels were high last year, which Bateman believes epitomizes the levels of sisterhood that the community of Converse shows for its students.

Converse College was founded in Spartanburg in 1889 as a private liberal arts women’s college and now provides a residential undergraduate program for women and co-educational graduate, adult education, and distance learning programs. The College has more than 30 majors in such areas as art, accounting, history, business administration, education, mathematics, music ,and musical theatre, and engineering in a dual-degree program with Clemson University.