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Belk surprises local high school by paying for prom

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It's only February but students at Eau Claire High School are already planning their prom.

On Thursday Jaime Valdez, Belk Regional Vice President announced to juniors and senior that Belk will be picking up the bill for their prom as part of the department store's outreach program, Belk: Project Hometown.

This is the first time Eau Claire students will not have to fundraise to be able to attend their own prom, 60 percent of the students at the Title I school have not been able to afford the high costs of the event.

That's why Belk stepped in and will be covering several costs including the students’ tickets, formal wear, venue, food, flowers, accessories, hair stylists, and more.

Bryant Cain, a senior, told WACH FOX News, "It's a dream come true really because I was wondering how I was going to pay for prom. I have senior dues and college expenses I have to pay for. This is a blessing. Really makes me feel great to see this. The Eau Claire community has worked really hard to get this and it's something we deserve."

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