CTE and P-TECH Programs Participate in “No Shave November” Hair Donation Event
Students and staff at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES kicked off “No Shave November” on Friday, November 2 with a group “cut and donate” event to benefit the organization Children With Hair Loss.
Students in the OHM BOCES cosmetology program offered haircuts for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) students, faculty and staff who wished to donate their hair. Each donor had at least 8” cut from their hair.
Individuals who are unable to donate hair may also contribute through monetary donations, by purchasing a t-shirt or sponsoring a hat for a child waiting to receive a wig.
Children With Hair Loss is a non-profit organization that provides human hair replacement, at no cost, to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss. This includes hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and a variety of other conditions.
"This event is about challenging our students and staff to show outward support for the causes and people that are important to them,” said School Counselor and P-TECH Business Liaison Christina Warner. “Whether you’re donating hair, fundraising or volunteering – it all makes a difference.”
The “cut and donate” event also serves as the official start of OHM BOCES’ observance of “No Shave November,” a month-long effort that encourages participants to forgo shaving in order to support cancer prevention, research, and education.
“Doing something like this gives you purpose,” said P-TECH Teacher Kelly Colantuoni. “It helps spread positivity and teaches us all what it means to support one another.”