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Hair cuts for a cause: opportunity to make a difference

Kimberly Richardson learned about Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, a partnership with the American Cancer Society to provide wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment, she decided she wanted to make a donation.

Julio 2013 | Ernestine Velarde, odn (Santa Ana, California) | Experiencias

A fifth grade student, Kimberly Richardson, at Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School in Temecula, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School in Temecula, California may not have seen the word philanthropy on any of her spelling tests but she already embodies the concept. When she learned about Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, a partnership with the American Cancer Society to provide wigs to women undergoing cancer treatment, she decided she wanted to make a donation.

Kimberly realized that her own donation would not be enough; it takes at least eight donations to make one wig so she set about figuring out how to make a larger impact. She already had younger sister Kyara convinced but they still needed more help so they decided to ask the school to help promote this project.

Kyara’s kindergarten teacher took the lead. They planned well in advance to give anyone who wanted to help the chance to grow their hair long enough to have the eight inches needed to donate. Starting in September, the girls made signs and arrived at school early to talk to fellow students about the idea.

On, Friday, April 19, over 20 students, parents, grandparents and even teachers had their hair cut and prepared to send in to Pantene. The assembly was so inspiring that by the end additional parents and students decided to have their hair cut and donated as well.

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School located in the Temecula Valley wine country has a student body of over 500. It is the only co-educational private Catholic school in the Temecula/Murrieta area. Saint Jeanne's was founded in October 1993 by the Sisters of the Company of Mary as part of the Viña de Lestonnac Ministry Center. Initially the sisters established the school for preschool and kindergarten children only. It soon became apparent that it would be necessary to expand the school to include grades preschool through eighth. With the help of very committed parents a new location was found and in 1997 construction of the school began. In September 1999, the school moved to its present location. The first eighth grade class graduated in 2000.
 

Ernestine Velarde: born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Masters in both English literature and Applied Spirituality Presently serves as Coordinator of Ministries of the U.S. Province.

 

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