Stephanie Costen, a student at Essex High School in Tappahannock,
prepares to display merchandise on opening day of Purple Pride, a
student-run thrift shop. Peggy Hodges, Stephanie's teacher, and Debbie
Johnson, special education director, decided to open their store after
hearing Pam Roberts presentation at the 2009 Transition Forum. She
talked about the success of Duds & Dough, a student-run thrift
shop/catering business in Wise County.