Monday, February 28, 2011

Leila Donates Her Hair to Locks of Love!

On Sunday February 27th, my sister Leila had 10 inches of her hair cut off to donate to
Locks of  Love! 

Leila's ponytail was 10 inches long.

Donating hair is something both Leila and I love to do. I first found out about hair donation five years ago in my last year of preschool when two of my classmates were donating their hair. When my mom explained to me that the hair was used to make wigs for children who had lost their hair, I was determined to donate mine also. Even though my hair was fairly long, I had to wait a year until I had at least 10 inches to donate, that was at the end of my kindergarten year. Ever since then, Leila and I have taken turns donating our hair every year,  last year was my turn, this year was hers. I am looking forward to donating my hair again next year!

Locks of Love is an non-profit organization that provides wigs, free of charge or on a sliding scale based on financial needs, to children in Canada or the United States. Their mission is to help restore the self-esteem and confidence of children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.

It takes 6-8  ponytails to make one wig. What makes these wigs special is that they are custom made for each child's head. They are made in a way that they will not fall off and can not be pulled off by anyone except the wearer. The children can even swim or shower with them! The wigs retail between $3,500 and $6,000, so it is wonderful that Locks of Love can provide them free of charge or for a much lower amount.

Below are the steps to follow in case you decide to donate your hair:

Click to enlarge  to see the steps to donate.
You can also make a monetary donation, here is the link if you would like to know more about the organization:

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Leila's ponytail was 10 inches long.

The hairstylist is cutting Leila's ponytail.

Leila after the hair cut.

I am holding the hair Leila is donating.

Have you ever donated your hair?

Do you know anyone who has donated their hair?

Do you know of any other organizations that provide wigs for children who have lost their hair?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mrs. Yollis Wins Employee of the Month Award!

Earlier this evening, Mrs Yollis received a really well deserved award for Employee of the Month in our school district! We first found out that Mrs. Yollis had won when the district Superintendent and his two assistants came to our classroom a couple weeks ago. Every one of my classmates was very excited for her, so most of us came to the district office for the award ceremony and to celebrate with her!

Mrs. Yollis giving  her speech! Our blog is in the background! 

Mrs. Yollis holding her award which was an apple (not a real one)!

It was really exciting to be present for this special occasion. First, the Superintendent introduced Mrs. Yollis and talked about her incredible achievements. He also shared the answers that Mrs. Yollis had given to some questions that she had been asked prior to the ceremony. The one I liked most was when she said that she always feels like a student even though she is a teacher!  After that, Mrs. Yollis gave a very touching speech about her love of education and teaching. Everyone gave her a standing ovation!

During the ceremony, they also showed a portion of our class video titled Blogging is Learning, I felt very proud!

This picture was taken after the award ceremony. 

For those of you who were able to make it to the ceremony, what was your favorite part?  My favorite part was when they showed a clip of the video.

For those of you who were not there, does this post help you get a sense of what it was like?

Have you ever been to any other ceremonies where your teacher won an award?

Have you ever won an award? If so, what was it?