PITTSBURG — Nothing like a fresh haircut to brighten students’ days.

Students at Meadowlark Elementary School had free haircuts on Tuesday, hosted by Communities in Schools, a program which help students succeed in school.

The event, called CIS Hair Fair Event, was open to any student in the school. A flyer was sent home to parents, and any parent who felt their child could use a haircut could send a form back with the prefered style and length, free of charge.

Site Coordinator Sasha Jefferson decided to start the event four years ago.

“I noticed a lot of students were in need of a haircut,” she said. “There are some busy parents and some with hardships out there.

“Not only do kids look better, but it is as much about good self esteem — I want students to feel good about themselves.”

Making the event possible are local hair stylists from Styles Unlimited and Hair Tricks.

“I’m very grateful to have them,” Jefferson said. “Their generosity has changed lives one child at a time by making their day a little brighter. They leave with smiles on their faces.”

Styles Unlimited Hair Stylist Carolyn Vediz said it was nice to help students who may have not had a haircut otherwise.

“What a way to help our community,” she said.

Hair Stylist Ashton Gebara agreed.

“It makes them feel good and it makes you feel good,” she said.

Students Rayna Walden and Jakob Hunter returned for a haircut after last year’s event.

“They are nice people,” Hunter said of the stylists. Walden agreed.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on twitter @pittstephpotter.