Haircuts from the Heart come to Turtle Creek

Stylists Katie Moser (left) and Dawn Salas cut the hair of two Turtle Creek students while Principal Rebecca Zahn looks on.

Stylists Katie Moser (left) and Dawn Salas cut the hair of two Turtle Creek students while Principal Rebecca Zahn looks on.

Look good, feel good and learn well.

That’s what a new program at Turtle Creek Elementary School hopes to accomplish with the help of volunteer hair stylists.

Katie Moser and Dawn Salas, two stylists from Delavan, offered to give free haircuts on their own time to students in need at the school.

Their first visit was today (Thursday, May 14), and they gave haircuts throughout the morning to 11 students of varying ages. There were many varying hair styles, too, they said.

Some needed just a little snip, while others went with the electric trimmer only and had it buzzed all off.

“It was a great time,” Moser said. “It feels good helping out the kids and helping them feel better about themselves.”

The pair came at the request of Turtle Creek counselor Katie Kopp, who said she saw a need in many students.

More than three-quarters of Turtle Creek students qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Sometimes, when disposable income isn’t available, families make financial choices to not cut students’ hair or style it in their own home.

This new program gives the kids a professional cut (with parent permission and input, of course) and an opportunity to look good and feel good about themselves, Kopp said. With that comes an improved attitude in school greater opportunity for learning.

One student who received a cut returned to class and was all smiles as her classmates took a notice and gave immediate approval and praise to her new do, Kopp said.

The stylists hope to come back in the fall and visit regularly, perhaps bringing more volunteer stylists along and growing the program over time.

“It is impressive to see support from our community members so that our students can look and feel their best,” Turtle Creek Principal Rebecca Zahn said. “Thank you to everyone who made this possible, and, especially, to Ms. Kopp, for making this a reality.”

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