Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) was closed to honor Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 18, however, eight EASTERN Cosmetology students volunteered their time and talents to a fundraiser to benefit Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program held at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, one of EASTERN’s nine participating high schools. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is the only program to help women feel like themselves again with free, real-hair wigs. Pantene partnered with the American Cancer Society® to make and distribute the wigs.
The EASTERN Cosmetology students did the initial cut to over 200 ponytails, and professional stylists from local salons came in to complete the look for donors. Students from Springfield High School advertised this event through flyers and a website. Monetary donations can still be made at www.januhairy2016.com.
EASTERN Cosmetology student volunteers included Abington High School seniors Colleen Murray, and Alicia Levy; Upper Moreland High School seniors Joseph Orellana and Julia Cervone; Springfield Township High School seniors Nicole Serianni and Emely Ramirez; Hatboro-Horsham High School senior, Jennifer Vu; and Lower Moreland High School senior, Zobia Mazhar.
“I am proud that they took that Monday off from school and made it into a day of service,” said Wendy Leyden, EASTERN’s Cosmetology Instructor. “It is very rewarding for me to see my students so dedicated to their education and profession, and to see their excitement when working together for such a great cause.”
Cosmetology at EASTERN provides the skills necessary to begin a career in the cosmetology field. In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, cosmetologists and nail technicians must be licensed to practice in the field.