Celine Hakimianpour, staff writer
Aurora Hamner and Audrey Park, cub writers, photographers
have the opportunity to help someone simply by donating hair.”
Seniors Mike Redston and Leora Hakim struggle to walk in a coordinated matter while practicing for Monday's three-legged race.
A participant of the games tightly holds onto his water balloon right after he nearly dropped it.
Juniors and seniors throw their partners MnMs in their mouths in hopes of beating the opposing class.
Junior Mason Lieb works to catch his partner's MnM toss during Monday's Junior/Senior lunch activities.
A senior attempts to throw his partner his water balloon, only to discover that it popped while mid-air.
Players in the water balloon toss get ready as they reach to grab their partners' tosses.
Senior Phinneas Bauer braces himself as he anticipates his partner's water balloon toss.
A participant of the water balloon toss prepares to throw the balloon to his partner during the final stages of the competition.
A junior reacts as he successfully catches his partner's water balloon toss, advancing with his partner to the next level.
A participant in the Junior/Senior lunchtime activities attempts to catch is partner's throw in the water balloon toss.
A participant in Monday's activities leans in to catch his partner's balloon toss.
Senior Emily Dekhtyar leans in to catch an MnM in her mouth.
A junior congratulates himself of successfully catching the MnM his partner tossed to him in his mouth.
The host of Monday's lunch activities reacts to a success in the MnM toss.
Junior and senior pairs take part in the water balloon toss.
A pair of juniors race to the finish line of the three-legged race, coming in second place.
Pairs of juniors and seniors line up to take part in the final activity of the lunch period: the three-legged race.
Juniors and seniors race to win the three-legged race while simultaneously struggling to coordinate with their partners.
Juniors and seniors struggle to reach the finish line during the three-legged race.
Juniors rejoice after winning the three-legged race.
Juniors and seniors participate in the first activity of Monday's lunch event, the water balloon toss.
Donations required at least eight inches of non-dyed and non-bleached hair per student. The hair must have also been under 5 percent naturally gray.
“Our hope is to have students learn and observe the selfless act [of donating]. We know how attached people can be to their hair, but there are some people with cancer who don’t have any,” Service Learning Advisor Michelle Halimi said.
Junior Claudia Dayani, who donated her hair last this year and the last feels optimistic about her decision and believes the charity is a great opportunity to help patients in need.
“I think this is the greatest event hosted by Service Learning. I was so happy with my decision of donating my hair for the second time around. It really makes you appreciate the little things in life, and if I can make someone’s life better just by donating my hair, I would do it all over again,” Dayani said. “Donating my hair made me feel better as a person and was a great learning experience for me as well. I encourage everyone interested to donate because you can help someone out there feel beautiful again, and that’s what really matters in the long run.
Another student who donated her hair, Junior Leora Hakim, felt accomplished after donating her hair to cancer patients.
“When I first joined Service Learning I made it my goal to head the event and donate my hair.You need to take a step back and realize that there are women out there who are fighting for their lives,” Hakim said. “The least I could do is donate my hair just to give back to the women who have lost theirs. I want to rebuild [the cancer patients’] self-esteems.”
According to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.