MANCHESTER — Summer vacation is the perfect time to lose your locks, and for students at Manchester Elementary and Middle School (MEMS) a shaved head holds a little extra meaning. On Friday the school hosted its annual head shaving event to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
This is the ninth year that the school has supported Pantene Beautiful Lengths, for which participants donate eight or more inches of their hair to the organization. It partners with the American Cancer Society to create free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer.
While it is only the third year that the school has partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, over 40 volunteers shaved their heads entirely to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research and eight students cut off over eight inches of their hair for Pantene.
“A colleague of mine sent me the link, and I thought it was a great idea,” said Anna Nicholson, a teacher at MEMS and the organizer of the annual shaving event. “We had already been doing the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, and the first year we had students, staff members, and even folks from Burr and Burton Academy participating. St. Baldrick’s is in its third year, and it’s just grown.”
So far, MEMS has raised over $13,000 to fund cancer research, with the help of stylists from multiple local salons who volunteered their time and supplies for the event.
“This is our third year doing the shaving for St. Baldricks, and I went to school here as did my kids,” said Michelle Lewis of Manchester’s Green Door Day Spa and Salon, which closed for the morning to…
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