Gianna Morin before and after her haircut

Locks of Love

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Thursday February 21, 2013

One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is having the ability to witness and help to nurture the kindness and compassion that children display at a very early age.  It is continually inspiring to see the capacity that children have to care about others when they are given the opportunity to do so.  One little girl in my third grade class had just such an opportunity recently, under the encouragement and support of her mom.   We were all able to share in this heartwarming experience when Gianna chose to use it as a topic for writing during our daily Writer’s Workshop.

— Kathy Buley, Chamberlin School,
Grade Three Teacher

By Gianna Morin

My hair was in a braid, and then I heard “snip, snip!” and it was gone.  My 22 inches of hair was now eight inches, and the other 14 inches were in Arielle’s hands!

It all started when I was in preschool, and I had a friend—I’ll call her Maria.  She had cancer, and she had to shave her head in order to get the treatment that she needed.  It would be a long time before her hair grew back.

That was four years ago, and last month my mom asked me, “Would you like to do Locks of Love?”

“What is that?” I asked. 

“It helps people who have had cancer and have lost their hair,” she said.

I immediately thought of Maria.  I hadn’t seen her in a long time, and I wondered if her hair had grown back.  I wanted to help a girl or boy who needed their hair back before it had time to grow on its own. So, I told my mom, “Yes!” 

My mom’s friend Arielle, who is a hairdresser, came to our house.  She put my hair in a braid, and then cut the braid off.  We put the braid in a plastic bag, and then put it in an envelope to mail to Locks of Love.

I like my hair better now than before I cut it.  But more importantly, I helped to make life happier for someone who needed help.  Maria didn’t get a wig when she was sick.  She had to let her hair grow back.  Maybe my donation will keep someone else from having to go through that.  My hair is growing, and in a year or so, I’ll be able to do it again!