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Our Maplewood campus hosted its first ever cut-a-thon to benefit Saint Paul – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30. Five dollars from each haircut scheduled during these two days was donated.

By using their unique skills to fundraise and give back to the local community, the Maplewood students hoped to raise awareness about the resources available through the hospital.

Campus staff members Sarah G. and Kerry S. hoped the event will instill a spirit of philanthropy in the students to carry with them through their careers.

Students, clients and educators also made cash donations used to purchase items from the hospital’s wish list, which includes I-Spy books, crayons, LEGO® sets, puzzle books and more.

Guests were also able to contribute toys they have purchased to a donation box in the lobby.

Andrew C., a student at the Maplewood campus, helped publicize the event and schedule appointments for the cut-a-thon.

He saw the cut-a-thon as another way to help clients transform. “It’s a win-win for everybody. They get a new look. I feel good for giving them the new look, and the Children’s hospital is going to get a nice donation.”

Student Cassandra D. has two children of her own and works to support any cause that benefits youth.

“It’s really important to give back to the community,” Cassandra said. “I really like that the money is going towards the children.”

The student council even organized a sweet treat for campus to celebrate the event – an ice cream social! The proceeds were also donated.

Kerry saw a huge payoff for both the students and Children’s – St. Paul. “At the end of the day, if we can help someone through tough times by using our cosmetology skills to make them smile, it is most definitely worth it.”

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