PITTSBURG — About 60 students at Meadowlark Elementary sported a new hair cut on Wednesday.
“It was awesome,” said fifth grader Zeak Villanueva.
This is the second year of the Hair Fair, which offers students free trims, cuts or in Villanueva’s case, a “fauxhawk with a cleanup” as indicated on his slip. This year, the school had double the amount of hair stylists volunteer and students to have haircuts.
“We like to give back to the community,” said Kim Cooper, a stylist at Hair Trix in Pittsburg.
Stylist Carolyn Vediz of Styles Unlimited agreed.
“Every little thing you can do to help makes things better,” she said.
The program is offered through Communities in Schools, a nonprofit which helps at-risk students graduate. Site Coordinator Sasha Jefferson started the Hair Fair when she arrived last year.
“This is just helping parents and students to get a quick haircut for free before leaving for summer vacation,” Jefferson said.
The site coordinator said the haircuts were offered for free no matter the students’ socioeconomic status. Students were sent home with a release for parents to sign and space to write in a style of haircut.
Jefferson said the Hair Fair doubled the amount of hair stylists and students from last year. She said six stylist cut about 60 students’ hair from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
“Hopefully, next year it will double again,” she said.
The first Communities in Schools coordinator started at the high school three years ago, Jefferson said. Positions were added at the middle school and Meadowlark Elementary last year.
Since Jefferson arrived, she has started the Hair Fair, an Eye Care Fair and a partnership with Pittsburg State University’s Student Government that donates shoes to students.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.