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Locks of Love

For immediate release: August 20, 2014
Contact: Roland Martinez, Public Relations Officer, 210-444-7955

Sisters donate hair to Locks of Love at Edgewood’s free haircuts
Locks of Love Sisters
Dozens of Edgewood ISD families took advantage of the free haircuts for EISD students offered by the District's Cosmetology Department on Wednesday, August 20.
Two of the students who got haircuts were sisters Anahi Elizabeth Rodriguez, who will be 11 on August 25 (Edgewood’s first day of class) and Maria Luisa Rodriguez, 12. In fact, it was the first haircut ever for the girls.
The girls’ hair reached their waistline. They decided to cut at least 10 inches of their hair after watching a program about the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Their hair, which took a lifetime to grow, will be donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Over the years, Anahi and Maria Luisa had their bangs trimmed, but never had full-fledged haircuts until today.
“I saw myself in the mirror getting the haircut,” Maria Luisa said. “I felt OK. It was a little sad, but I was happy because I’m going to help kids with cancer.”
The sisters said their friends and family members will not recognize them now.
“I wanted to cry because it felt like my heart was being torn out,” father David Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez and his wife, Maria, often helped their daughters comb and style their previous long hair. That process took about an hour.
And now, with the shorter hair?
“I’m going home to blow dry it,” Maria Luisa said.
Rodriguez said he will let his daughters decide if they want to re-grow their hair.
The free haircuts are one way Edgewood ISD is helping families prepare for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. On the first day of class, all EISD students will receive free backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies. This is the third consecutive year the District will provide the backpacks and school supplies.
“The Edgewood ISD Board of Trustees and Administration are committed to helping our families in any way possible to ensure our students are ready to learn from the first day of class to the last day,” Superintendent Dr. José A. Cervantes said. “Our students are our most precious resource, and we are here to help them.”
Edgewood contacted all families about the free haircuts through a Districtwide callout, social media, and the media.
“I appreciate the District doing this,” Rodriguez said. “The free haircuts help families and it helps the (Cosmetology) students with what they are learning. The kids are learning something and they are doing something for the community.”