Five teachers, 30 students contribute hair

Published: May 22, 2006 | 4202nd good news item since 2003

It’s only hair. It grows back.

That was the theme, and in some cases the reassurance, at Bermudian Springs High School on Wednesday as about 30 students and five teachers donated 300 inches of hair to Locks of Love.

About 13 area hairstylists volunteered to cut off a minimum of 10 inches of ponytailed hair and restyled the participants’ significantly shorter ‘dos.

All of this was done at an assembly in front of the student body.

Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides fitted hairpieces, made entirely of donated human hair, to children who lose their hair because of cancer treatments and other afflictions.

The event was hosted by the Bermudian Springs Interact Club, a student organization that works with the Conewago Valley Rotary Club. Interact president Rebecca Fisher, a senior, came up with the idea of using Locks of Love as a service project for the group.

Fisher donated her hair to the organization two years ago.

“I liked the feeling I got from donating my hair,” Fisher said. “Since we’re a community-service club, I wanted to see if others were interested in supporting this, too.”

Many were nervous about getting their hair chopped short, but excited to take part in the event and donate to a worthy cause.

They milled around, enjoying their last, long-haired moments, before being led to the chopping block.

Students walked on stage in threes. As a spotlight shone on them, they took their seats on stools. Music played as stylists grabbed their ponytails and cut them off.

Some students cried. Others held up their severed ponytails like trophy trout.

They carried their hair off stage in plastic bags and, backstage, had their new, shorter hair restyled.

Fisher’s sisters, eighth-grader Jaclyn and fifth-grader Shianne, got their hair cut, as well.

Rebecca Fisher said she was more nervous this second time because of the on-stage performance, but her sisters were quite happy, saying their hair was too thick and long, and they wanted to get rid of it anyway.

Tammi Wagner, a stylist with Outlooks for Hair, thought her scissors were dull because it took some effort to cut through the Fisher family’s hair. Fisher’s father, Russell, also had his hair cut for the event.

But she was pleased to donate her time and effort to the project.

“There are children who are bald because of their cancer, and this boosts their self-esteem,” Wagner said.

While professionals chopped the students’ hair, students bought raffle tickets for the chance to cut their teachers’ hair. About $100 was raised.

Interact Club advisors Jackie Noerpel and Heather Dengler were among the participating teachers.

Though teachers showed a little apprehension over having students cut their hair, it all worked out in the end, they said.

Senior Hunt Fowler won the raffle to cut Noerpel’s hair.

“It was pretty sweet,” he said. “It’s definitely for a good cause.”

Tammy Judd, a freshman, cut Dengler’s hair.

“I was shaking a little bit when I did it,” she said. “I didn’t want to screw it up.”

Published in Charity, Locks of Love
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