PITTSBURG — Children laughed and played as the bounced in the bounce house, threw pies at community members and dunked police officers at the Back2School event hosted by Victory Life Church and sponsored by on Monday.

Monday marked the tenth year Victory Life Church offered free haircuts for children in the community.

Each year the event grew larger and larger, from 30 children the first year to over 400 the tenth.

Ket Plotner and her twin girls Zoe and Mysti Howard said they had their first haircut at the event 10 years ago when they were seven years old — their hair was almost long enough to reach their bottoms.  

“One thing I remember is the first year I cried,” Zoe  said. “My hair was really long and it was my first time getting my haircut.”

Plotner agreed.

“Everyone was crying,” she said.

Although the family felt sad about cutting the twins long hair it made getting ready for school easier, they said.

Plotner said each year, the church had something different for her girls to enjoy during the event, this year there was a bucket ride, police officer dunk, food and more.

“We really appreciate what the church has been doing,” she said. “I hope they keep going for a long time.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.