t Fairmont Private Schools in Anaheim, California, it’s cool to be smart and it’s even cooler to be generous.
Five years ago, teacher Heather Lopez launched an annual hair cutting event to benefit Locks of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Students, faculty, and parents all signed up tocut theirhair live, onstage in front of the entire schoolandthe afternoonwasa huge hit. Since that launch, this community has donated over 80 feet of hair to those in need.
What’s most remarkable about the students who have participated, though, is hearing them talk about how the experience transformed their relationships with theirhairand their sense of what beauty really is.
Their reactionswill absolutely restore your faith in humanity.
When Heather Lopez was 13 years old, her late aunt received a life-changing diagnosis.
Her auntwas diagnosed with lung cancer.
The news and time theysubsequently spent together sparked a beautiful conversation that would change Heather’s outlook on life forever.
One day, Heather asked her aunt how she felt about losing her hair.
He aunt responded that she felt fine becauseshe was an adult and could still connect with her confidence and beauty. She worried for young kids, though, who were thrust into the same position without the maturity to necessarily be able to move past their hair loss in the same way.
Why should they have to have their hair loss be the first thing other kids noticed on the playground?
Picturing those children struck a cord with Heather and inspired her to make a big change.
She’dalways known she wanted to become an educator and role model for young children. To truly succeed doing both of those things, she felt like she’d have to practice what she preached.
So, when she was in college Heatherdecidedto start growing out her hair and donating it to Locks of Love – a non-profit organization that turns donated hair into beautiful wigs for children in need.
Many years and donations later, Heather startedworking at Fairmont Private Schools in Anaheim, California, shehad a genius idea.
She posted a flyer around her school asking if any students or faculty would be interested in cutting and donating their hair live on stage. And guess what? A BUNCH of kids and adults were interested!
Nineteen students, faculty, and even parentssigned up to donate their hair.
Theevent becamesuch a success that the school turned it into an annual tradition that’s now lasted five years.
In that time, this community has donated a collective 80 feet of hair to those in need.
Think of how many people that much hair has been able to help.
All by effortlessly cutting their own hair – incredible.
One of the most remarkable trends Heather’s noticed over these five years has been watching how one group of kids cutting their hair inspires a whole new group of participants to join the following year.
These children cut off their hair in front of a huge, cheering crowdand become one another’s inspiration.
They turngiving back into something really cool.