Local program helps students afford dresses for prom.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The cost of prom seems to get more expensive every year. It's the hair, the makeup, and the dress, sometimes costing hundreds of dollars. A program at Atlantic Coast High School is helping to curb the cost for those who might need help.

Last year, at the time senior Savannah Larimore started the Stingray Swap program. People in the community and at the school can donate their old prom dresses and suits to the school.

"She really wanted to start a program where we could have the community as well as students donate and allow for those students to come in for free and get a gown," says Atlantic Coast High School activities director Blake Cline.

Larimore donated bags of gowns from when she was competing in the Miss Florida pageants. It only takes one dress, though, to put a smile on a girl's face.

"They can go to prom, homecoming, other formal events, without having to have a huge expense," says Cline.

They're also accepting suit donations. Both can be dropped off at the school during school hours.

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