Community journalism has a different set of rewards that, to me, are more important than the awards we win judged by our journalistic peers. Though a recent story I photographed never got written, it became one of those small rewards. I photographed a couple of girls trying on free prom dresses donated for students in need at our Youth Emergency Services office–story similar to one written by Pulitzer winner Tom Hallman, from the Oregonian, with whom we have regular workshops over the phone. The day after I worked on this assignment, I was walking out of K-Mart when I heard someone yell, “Hey!” I looked around to see one of the girls waving and smiling at me. I went on vacation after filing and came home to learn my photos weren’t used. So here they are.