They say the best gift is to give of oneself. The Agassiz Elementary School community did that literally last spring, as 25 people – students, staff, parents and community members – had their hair cut to donate to Locks of Love and the Pink Heart Fund.
Some staff and families at Agassiz, 2851 N. Seminary Ave., have been personally affected by cancer and other terminal illness, according to Principal Mira Weber.
“We wanted to give back in a way that would help other families -- kids and adults --who are faced with the struggles that go along with any illness of this kind,” she said.
Weber, as well as students and staff at the school, had donated hair to both organizations in the past, and decided do so again.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to economically disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Pink Heart Fund is also a non-profit organization that donates hair to make wigs for uninsured children and women who are ill and have lost their hair due to cancer.
At the beginning of the school year, Weber announced that the school would have a hair donation in the spring. The Agassiz student council helped to promote the event throughout the year, as did the school newspaper.
Stylists from Michael Anthony salon in Chicago donated their services and came to Agassiz in May. Donated hair had to be eight to ten inches long.
Joanna Grenrock, a parent and LSC member at Agassiz, attended the event and said that one parent of a kindergartener told her that her child had been looking forward to donating her hair all year. Meanwhile, Grenrock had not cut her daughter’s hair since August to make sure she’d have plenty to give. “We talked a lot about how we were going to give her hair to a child who was sick,” she said. “I think it really meant a lot to my child to be able to help someone.”
Learn more about Locks of Love, the Pink Heart Fund, and Agassiz Elementary School.