Hair Masters helps needy SK school kids

"Although the sunny skies and lazy days of summer may seem neverending for many South Kitsap schoolchildren, September means back to the classroom, get ready to hit the books, and time to shop for new clothes and supplies.At least, that's what it usually means. What if your family is on a fixed income, or has several children, or simply doesn't have the spare cash to spend on that Dragonball Z backpack or cool new haircut or pack of Crayolas?Many families with school-age children in South Kitsap experience the headache each year of not having the funds to provide their kids with the proper school supplies.Hair Masters manager Karen Terry realized this dilemma and came up with a project to alleviate not only parental worries, but also children who may be embarrassed or feel out of place without the supplies they need.Terry contacted the South Kitsap Helpline with the idea that Hair Masters sponsor 50 to 65 haircuts to the less fortunate children of the community. They will also be collecting donations of school supplies.Helpline employees will offer certificate vouchers for haircuts and supplies to their patrons that have school-age children (grades K-12). Items that are needed include pencils, crayons, filler paper, scissors, markers (thin and fat), notebooks, erasers, glue, highlighters, compasses, protractors, and pencil sharpeners.People that choose to donate school supplies are rewarded by the business with $2 off a haircut. Terry has also spoken to area businesses about making contributions.We're asking our customers and local businesses to donate, said Hair Masters stylist Deanna Barajas. I live in a community right where there's a lot of kids in low-income families. Karen (Terry) wanted to do something to give back to the community.The project kicked off on July 13, and Hair Masters will continue collecting donations through Aug. 24. The haircuts will be done and school supplies distributed on Sunday, Aug. 26 at Hair Masters. When my son first started school, he didn't have everything he needed, and he was embarrassed, said Barajas. We're trying to raise their self-esteem by giving them what they need.South Kitsap Helpline Executive Director Joe Edwards was pleased to hear Karen Terry's idea,This is the first time since I've been involved (here) that anything like this has been done, said Edwards. It's a new thing, and it really made me happy (Terry) was willing to do that.Edwards explained that the clients, all from the South Kitsap School District due to the Helpline's service area, that come in for food baskets will be asked if they would like a certificate.It's pretty much whomever comes in, said Edwards. I'm sure everybody that's getting something is happy.Overall, this project seems like a great opportunity, not only for those who reap the benefits, but also for more prosperous community members to reach out and help.We've had people ask for school supplies before, but rarely (does the Helpline) have things like that, said Edwards. It'll be very worthwhile for us. We're here to help.Hair Masters is located at 1888 Sedgwick Road. "

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