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Recently, two MMS students decided they wanted to cut their long hair short to donate to Locks of Love, the organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Children’s House student Abbie T. and her big sister, Lower Elementary student Eleanor, exemplify compassion with their selfless decision.
Abbie, a student in Mrs. Loder’s class, was inspired to donate her hair after seeing a friend do so. After expressing her interest, Abbie’s big sister Eleanor, in Mrs. Fritsche’s class, wanted to join in and donate her hair, as well. The sisters got their hair cut the same day. “I felt different, but I like it!” said Eleanor, explaining how she felt after cutting her hair.
Both girls say they love their new, shorter haircuts, but more importantly feel really good knowing their hair will go to help someone else who may be sick and not able to grow their own hair. What’s more, their act of kindness is rubbing off on their classmates: Eleanor said she has a couple of friends who have said they are inspired to donate their hair, too!
No matter the age, we can all learn from the selfless example set by Abbie and Eleanor.
Learn more about donating hair to Locks of Love by clicking here.
Every year, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel holds a student essay contest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students from across the city of Milwaukee send in essays. The winning student-essayists receive a prize, a plaque, participate in Milwaukee’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration and have their essays printed in the paper. Out of thousands of entrants, MMS 8th grader Maggie Shafer’s essay won third prize!
This year’s contest theme was “Fair Play, Goodwill and Justice.” In preparation, students watched part of a documentary called The Children’s March on the Civil Rights Movement, and read sections of Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” They then pre-wrote on the topic, wrote a rough draft, revised it in consultation with a teacher, read it in front of a group of their peers and a teacher, and revised it yet again based on their notes. Maggie went above and beyond in this regard, turning in her paper five separate times, revising it again and again based on teacher feedback. Maggie was determined to submit the best essay she could possibly write.
Once the essays were polished into their final form, they were submitted to the Journal-Sentinel along with thousands of other entries from the city of Milwaukee. Maggie was awarded third prize and will be participating in the city’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration on January 20th, at which time she will receive her prize and plaque. Her essay and photo will run in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Journal-Sentinel that week.
Maggie’s award illustrates how hard work and determination to put forth your best effort truly pays off in the end. Congratulations, Maggie!