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Drake State to Host 2014-2015 Butterfly Project


HUNTSVILLE, Al. – J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Junior League of Huntsville (JLH) as a supporting partner for the 2014-2015 Butterfly Project.


On August 30, the Butterfly Project will hold its annual kick-off program on the Drake State campus from  9 a.m. until noon. This event is an opportunity for organizers to collect dress measurements for project participants, who will also be fitted with options and information to assist them in making informed decisions regarding their education and careers. Drake State will host, and along with JLH President Emily Stone and Project Chair Kelly Longberg, present a series of workshops this fall covering valuable details about scholarships, etiquette and social media, financial aid and college admissions.


Drake State is so honored to have the opportunity to partner with JLH on this amazing initiative,” States Dr. Nicole Barnett, Dean of Student Support Services. “Outreach and public service are important to Drake State, and JLH has gifted us with an entire year to serve the Butterfly Project.”


The 2014-2015 Butterfly Project will conclude at Drake State campus in March of 2015, with a Butterfly Boutique where these young ladies will get to shop, at no cost to them, for a dress, shoes, jewelry, a handbag and other accessories for prom night.  The Butterfly Project committee will also hand pick Butterfly participants to receive Monarch Scholarships provided by the Project to advance their education.


The butterfly project began in 2005 and has grown into one of Junior League of Huntsville’s signature community projects.  In May 2011 the project was expanded to include those who were impacted by the tornadoes that swept through Madison County.  The Butterfly Project dressed over 130 girls in the 2011 prom season and collected over 500 dresses during its first dress drive in May 2011.  The Butterfly project committee works closely with guidance counselors and teachers at several area schools to find deserving girls who show commitment to academia, exhibit leadership qualities and demonstrate the ability to persevere in the face of hardship. To learn more about the Drake State Butterfly Project partnership contact Yibeli Galindo-Baird at 256-551-3136 or


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