Cosmetology students made their contribution to the nearly $400,000 raised during the 28-hour dance marathon at South High. The teens brought in $1,487 by doing what they do best – hair.
Students, 34 in all, from both the Myers Education Center and the Southern Adirondack Center, were stationed at the event. For $4 or $5 a head, participants sat for braids, corn rows, feather extensions and wraps. Proceeds were donated to the cause, mainly helping those overcome debilitating illness in South Glens Falls and beyond.
“We got involved because I got a call from Karrie Cook, a friend whose daughter has been diagnosed with a rare kidney disease,” said Brene Choppa, the cosmetology instructor at SAEC who had 19 students participate. “Alyssa needs a kidney transplant. She’s from South Glens Falls and has danced in the marathon. I’m from South Glens Falls too, so it just made sense.”
Her students stayed throughout the marathon. Myers instructor Kerri Bruno, also a South High graduate, had her students go to South High during the day before the event to work on students who planned to take part. As many of her students are from South High and were participating, the plan was a natural.
“The students who participated did an awesome job,” said Mrs. Bruno. “I’m so proud of them. I love to see them do great things for others.”
In addition to raising money, the students, which also came from Ben Vassi’s class, were able to add hours toward their cosmetology licenses. Patrick De La Cruz, a student from Hartford, participated for that very reason.
“But when I got there, it was so fun,” said Patrick, a senior. “I never heard of the dance marathon. It’s a really unbelievable to see and such a good thing to do because it brings the whole community together.”
The students from the Myers Education Center who participated are:
The students from the Southern Adirondack Education Center who participated are:
Patrick De La Cruz