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Locks of love

Posted: March 17, 2009 12:41 a.m.
Updated: March 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Kristen Solano parts with her waist-length hair, which will be used to make wigs for cancer patients who lose their hair during chemotherapy treatments.

I am currently an eighth-grade student at Rio Norte Junior High School. Last September, I heard on the morning announcements during homeroom that the Resourceful River Hawks Community Service Club was having their first meeting of the year at lunch time. I decided since I was not in the club last year that maybe I could be in it this year.

At the meeting, Mrs. Phillips (the teacher in charge of the club) was asking if anyone had an idea for a project that would benefit the community.

After thinking for a little while, I realized that my hair was very long and I have seen other students with long hair as well. Then I had an idea that we should do a project for Locks of Love.

When I told Mrs. Phillips my idea, she said, that sounded exciting. I started thinking of how to get my message out to the whole school.

In October, the Resourceful River Hawks and I made our first commercial. After winter break, at every meeting everyone contributed ideas on posters to put up all over the school.

Mrs. Phillips gave me the number of a hair stylist named Merci, who works at Celebrity Beauty and volunteers for Locks of Love.

When I called her she was delighted to help.

A few days before the big day, the whole club was finishing the posters and hanging them up all around campus with me. Then, the big day came on Feb. 27.

I was in a chair with a cape around me on stage with hundreds of people watching as my hair was put in three ponytails around my head.

My friends were cheering me on and people were taking pictures. My heart was pounding with excitement, and I kept saying in my mind that I would make a child happy who was very sick.

I then heard a few snips and my long hair that was almost down to my waist was in three ponytails about 10 to 12 inches long.

When I was holding my ponytails, it felt great to know that my hair was going to make a difference in a child's life. Another girl, McKenzie Ingham, also cut her hair, and she seemed thrilled.

I am extremely happy that the project was a huge success and it could not have even been possible without Mrs. Philips, the Resourceful River Hawks and ASB.

This whole experience was a job, and I'm happy that I was given the opportunity to lead this project.

"It doesn't take much more than this article to know what a really special young woman Kristen Solano is. What a wonderful asset to our school and our community," Mrs. Phillips said.

Kristen Solano is an eighth-grader at Rio Norte Junior High School.


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