They get grads all dressed up, but have no place for storage

A long-serving program that helps secondary school students look their best for graduation is scrambling to find storage space.

Magic Wand, created by Elizabeth Surerus, has assisted about 650 students in getting dressed up for grad since 2001.

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She said current storage at the former Richmond Elementary School is being lost.

The Greater Victoria School District is considering options for the building’s future.

“We’ve got dresses and accessories and tuxes and vests and everything,” Surerus said.

She said the program was started as a way to help students in need but is now open to anyone. “During the years, I’ve had so many donations that it just made sense to include anybody.”

The only cost is a small cleaning fee that is sometimes waived.

Anyone with a storage possibility can contact Surerus at

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