SJNCC 7th Annual Ponytail Drive has 11 girl student volunteers

Kailin McEnery, a second-time donor, gets her hair prepped by Belleza Salon and Spa stylist Joanna Garcia.
St. John Neumann Catholic School held its 7th Annual Ponytail Drive at the school Thursday, Feb. 1.

Eleven girls donated their hair for cancer patients during a school assembly, said Michelle Dougherty, SJNCS kindergarten teacher who organized the effort.

“All the hair donated will be sent to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign, which supplies wigs free to cancer patients through the American Cancer Society’s wig bank,” Dougherty said.

In the past seven years, more than 150 SJNCS students, teachers, parents and friends have participated in the event, donating around 1,520 inches or 127 feet of hair, she said, adding, “It takes between eight and 15 ponytails to make one wig.”

Stylists from Belleza Salon and Spa volunteered their time and talent to prepare the donors’ hair and cut and style the hair after the donation.

Tate’s students make snow

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Tate’s School in Cedar Bluff, decided they did not have enough snow this winter — so they designed, tested and built their very own snow machine.

“I wanted to assign them a big, mind-blowing task that solves a problem most adults don’t know how to solve,” Alex Edwards, science instructor said. “Designing and building a snow machine tests their understanding of the properties of water by creating a false atmospheric environment.”

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