Saturday, May 15, 2010



Citrus College, Glendora Kiwaniannes Collaborate to Prepare Whitcomb High Students for Prom
by Stacy Armstrong


Prom night is quite possibly the most highly anticipated event for a high school student.  Every aspect of the occasion – from fashion to the mode of transportation – is supposed to be special.


Citrus College’s Cosmetology Program recently joined forces with the Glendora Kiwaniannes to make sure that Prom Night was just that for twelve students from Whitcomb Continuation High School.


Earlier this month, these lucky young women visited Citrus College’s Cosmetology Program to receive free makeovers just hours before their prom.  The visit was arranged by the Glendora Kiwaniannes, a service organization that is part of Kiwanis International.


“The Glendora Kiwaniannes have supported Whitcomb through various projects in the past,” said Dr. Patricia Rasmussen, club president and vice president of the Citrus Community College District’s Board of Trustees.  “In fact, when the school held its very first prom last year, our group helped purchase tickets for students who couldn’t afford them.  This year, we suggested a day of beauty for some of the students.”


Rasmussen enlisted the help of Gus Brooks, director of Citrus College’s Cosmetology Program.


“Our program is active in a host of community service events and we encourage our students to participate in a number of service projects throughout the year,” Brooks said.  “When the Kiwaniannes approached us with their idea, we were happy to take part.”


Brooks says that 24 Citrus College students volunteered their services.


“The beauty of projects such as this one is that it allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in real world situations, while also giving them the opportunity to give back to the community,” she said.


According to Rasmussen, the Glendora Kiwaniannes contributed $120 to tip the Citrus College students for their hard work.


“The benefit of Citrus College and the Glendora Kiwaniannes collaborating to provide this special service is two-fold,” she said.  “First, a dozen young women will have the opportunity to feel especially beautiful for their prom.  Second, Citrus College students will be able to practice their skills and share their talents with others.”


Jocelyn Montgomery, a 28-year-old Citrus College cosmetology major, was happy to be involved in the project.


“I love doing volunteer work, especially for high school students.  I wish I could have had the opportunity to participate in this type of makeover event when I was in high school,” she said.  “This age group is fun.  I enjoyed talking to my client and learning about her life.”


Rebecca Speer, an 18-year-old Whitcomb High School senior, said she learned about the day of beauty after it was advertised at her school.  As a member of student government, Speer played a pivotal role in helping Whitcomb organize the prom.


“This prom is really important to me,” she said.  “We held car washes and other fundraisers so that we could raise money to hold it at the Coco Palms in Pomona.”


Because of the time and effort she had invested into the prom, she was eager to look her very best.


“It is fun to be pampered and get prettied up,” she said while getting a manicure and pedicure.  “My dress is custom made.  It is black and grey with cheetah print on the bottom.  I can’t wait to see how everything looks together.”


The Whitcomb prom-goers weren’t the only satisfied customers.


“Together, the Kiwaniannes and Citrus College provided a wonderful service to a special group of young women,” Rasmussen said.



 Cosmetology student and Whitcomb Student         Cosmetology student and Whitcomb Student