By Catherine O’Hara • REVIEW STAFF
A 13-year-old Waterdown girl’s selfless act snowballed into a bigger movement at Guy B. Brown Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 14.
Taylor Moore, a Grade 8 student at the Braeheid Avenue educational facility, announced earlier this year that she wanted to donate her dark brown locks to an organization that crafts wigs for children battling cancer.
Upon hearing of her decision to clip more than 10 inches of her hair, Taylor’s peers decided that they, too, wanted to give back. And they did so in more ways than one.
Taylor and fellow Grade 8 student Cameron Mills had their hair cut by Rockton stylist Tina Wieczorek in front of their entire school at Guy Brown’s first Me To We assembly. Shorthaired classmates Tyson Little and Emmit Brown had a little taken off the top for the cause.
Donating her hair to help children who have lost theirs after undergoing chemotherapy is something Taylor has wanted to do since she was a little girl.
“She was in JK when she saw another girl from this school do this,” said Taylor’s mom, Cheryl Moore. “She came home and said, ‘Mommy, I want to do this.’”
For years, the young teen has been growing out her hair. Her last trim, where a stylist snipped just over an inch off her tresses, was roughly two years ago. Friday was Taylor’s first major haircut.
Nervous, yet excited, the plucky competitive dancer, who trains at Rising Star Performing Arts in Waterdown, sat before her peers while Wieczorek made the kindest cut. The school’s gymnasium erupted in cheers.
But students weren’t the only ones taking part in the hair-cutting marathon at Friday’s assembly. Some staff, too, sported new ‘dos.
This festive season, the Guy Brown Me to We Club encouraged students to help raise money for the RBC Blue Water Project and donate non-perishable food items to the Flamborough Food Bank.
To further inspire youth to give generously to the not-for-profit organizations, Grade 6 teachers Bert Neale and Elaine Heaver, as well as caretaker Kathleen Powell, volunteered to forgo their natural hair colour for one day.
The class that raised the most pennies and collected the most food items had the opportunity to spray paint the trio’s hair a variety of colours. The students didn’t hold back. A pink and green mist quickly enveloped the daring employees.
In total, Guy Brown School collected 300 non-perishable food items for the local food bank and 40,000 pennies – $400 – for the RBC Blue Water Project through the Free the Children Foundation, which will help provide children in impoverished nations access to clean drinking water.
“This all started because Taylor said she wanted to do this,” said teacher Jennifer Cooper of her student’s wish to donate her hair, which ballooned into a school-wide fundraising event. “She should be so proud.”