SSIS is a non-profit orginazation giving underprivliged Norristown girls, grades 5 to 12, an opportunity to shop for and receive, at no cost, up to three complete outfits, including accessories, for the start of the new school year. It was conceived by a group of Blue Bell neighbors upon hearing that many Norristown girls are forced to go to school in the same clothing every day.
SSIS collects gently worn and new outfits from concerned families and merchants to create an inventory to give the girls a unique self-selecting shopping experience. The girls select and coordinate their own outfits in a mall-like environment at the Mercy Suburban Outreach Family Practice Center, 530 Church Street in Norristown. This year the SSIS shopping event will be Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, 2008.
Research has shown that helping these less fortunate girls feel better about their appearance can lead to improved performance in school and a decrease in the dropout rate. Last year, Startin’ School In Style outfitted over 200 less-privileged Norristown area schoolgirls with back-to-school outfits. With your help we’d like to double that this year.