PHOTOS: Southern Heights Students Donate Locks At An Emotional Assembly
Story and photos by Michael Brunk
On June 10, Southern Heights Elementary held their student performance assembly. It was the usual sort of school assembly. Lots of music and singing. Some gymnastics. Even a magic trick or two. That wasn’t the special part.
The thing that made this assembly unique was at the end, when a team of volunteers from the Gene Juarez Academy in Federal Way stepped forward and pulled out their scissors.
Organized by Southern Heights PE teacher Deborah Briscoe, the culmination of the day’s assembly was a donation of hair to the Locks of Love organization. Participating was a group of over 15 students, faculty and family members.
Locks of Love is a non-profit group that provides hair pieces to children in the United States and Canada that have suffered hair loss due to a medical condition. Donated hair must be in good condition and at least ten inches in length.
At Thursday’s event the team from Gene Juarez assisted in cutting off the donated hair, and then spent the afternoon providing free haircuts for each of the donors.
This was the first time Deborah herself had donated hair to Locks of Love, but inspired by the memory of her mother who lost her battle with cancer two and a half years ago, she hopes to make this an annual event at Southern Heights Elementary.
Photographer Michael Brunk was at the event and put together the following slideshow set to music by the Southern Heights Elementary chorus. Be sure to check your volume before playing the slideshow!