As part of their May Day Spring Fling festivities, a group of students and teachers at Midway Elementary School will be cutting their hair to donate it to a charity that makes wigs for children with hair loss.
“I do it every year myself,” said Corinna Davis, a fourth-grade teacher at Midway Elementary School. “I thought it would be cool for the kids to join in.” Davis said that this is the fourth time she has donated hair and that she is looking forward to making another contribution at the May Day event at the school.
The May Day at the school is a PTO fundraiser and it is a chance for students and parents to come out and have some quality family time, organizers said. PTO President Dawn Bass said that Midway Elementary will host the May 2 event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the football field.
“We will have food, games, a home run derby, and an open mic night for the students,” said Bass in a group interview on Thursday.
Right now they have six people signed up to donate, with more students contemplating getting their hair cut. One parent, Paula Jones, has already cut her hair and sent in her locks for the donation.
“She is donating her locks in memory of her dad, John Ballard,” said Davis.
“This is my third time donating,” said third grade teacher Brandi Hayes. “I have done Locks of Love, but this is different. It’s specifically for kids. I think it’s an awesome cause.”
The school has to collect eight, 8-inch ponytails for one wig. They even have some moms and daughters that will be donating together. The students that launched this project are third graders in Davis’ class.
“The kids (who get wigs) get a hair care kit to take care of their wig until they are 21 years old,” said Davis. “We have three hair dressers who are volunteering their time.” She said that Bobbie Bass, Ashleigh Smith and Danelle Butler will be on site during the hair cut event.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said Madissen Cannady, a student who is contemplating donating her hair. “It will make them feel happy and prettier.” She agrees that it would also make those getting the wigs feel less self conscious about their hair loss.
Colleen Pope will also be getting her hair cut. She teaches first grade.
“My hair grows fast,” explained Pope. “I am doing this so someone who doesn’t have hair can feel good about themselves. It’s for someone at a time when they are worried about getting better. They can just put the wig on and go.”
“We also have a teacher here going through treatments,” said Davis. “She lost her hair, and she did the Spring Fling for us. It was her baby.” Davis added that the teacher came back this year briefly to help with the fling, but that she has been out of school while getting her treatments.
“Because of this situation the students are more sensitive,” said Davis. “Even the KC Club made their shirts orange for leukemia this year.” She said that there is also another students in the pre-k program that has leukemia.
Students are also working on collecting books for the school’s KC club, which is called Kindness and Compassion. New and used books are going to be given to students to take home on summer break in their “Give five, read five” campaign.
They are trying to raise money and books so that students will have summer reading material.
For donation hair must been at least an eight in ponytail and it can be permed, color treated or bleached and still be donated. For more information see www.childrenwithhairloss.us/donate-your-hair or call Corinna Davis at Midway Elementary at 910-567-2244 or her cell at 910-818-9585.
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.