BATH, Maine — Makayla Welsh, a junior at Morse High School in Bath, wants to make sure all students have an opportunity to attend this year’s dance through her Prom for All dress drive.

Welsh started the drive this year because she realized the costly aspects of prom could deter students from attending the event. She noted ticket prices this year alone cost $30 per student, after having climbed to $50 in past years.

“A lot of kids don’t go to prom because they can’t afford it, and I wanted to help the kids who can’t,” she said. “I also wanted to help the kids who can but maybe would appreciate having a dress that’s not $300.”

By promoting her event through Facebook and posting fliers throughout the city, Welsh’s steady collection of dresses began to grow as she received dress donations from community members and other supporters.

This Saturday, Welsh will open a one-day pop-up dress store at the former Brick Store Antiques site on Front Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The donated dresses will sell for as little as $5. No price will not exceed $20.

“I’ve been into a few dress shops, and the prices are ridiculous. Some of them go all the way up to $500,” she said.

Prom dresses, formal and casual dresses, and dresses for younger students also will be on sale, as Welsh noted that eighth-grade students most likely will be on the lookout for dresses in preparation for an upcoming school dance.

“Before she started her Facebook page about two weeks ago, she only had 20 dresses,” according to Makayla’s mother, Becky, the owner of Bath consignment shop J’adore.

As of Wednesday, Welsh had collected more than 80 dresses for the sale.

“I’ve got at least 10 more on the way,” Welsh said. She hopes to have about 100 dresses for the sale Saturday.

All proceeds from the drive will go to students who need help financing prom night expenses, such as outfits, dinner, transportation, salons and tickets, among other things.

Welsh has been working with Leslie Trundy, a Morse High School guidance counselor, who will help distribute the funds to the students.

“She (Trundy) knows who is in need, and she also gave a shoutout to the class that there will be help if it is needed,” Welsh said.

Despite big plans to pursue fashion merchandising in New York City after graduation, Welsh hopes to continue and grow what she’s started: Prom for All.