Donated locks

BLAIRSBURG – It really didn’t take a lot of faith for Faith Anderson to let her fifth grade teacher cut her hair Tuesday afternoon for Locks of Love.

With hair measuring 15 inches below her neck, Faith was ready to sacrifice her golden tresses for Locks of Love, a public nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who suffer from long-term hair loss due to any medical condition.

In order to meet the requirements as a Locks of Love donation, the harvested hair must measure at least ten inches, said Lanette Willems, Elementary Librarian and Computer Lab director.

With ruler in hand, Willems measured 12 inches of hair and secured Faith’s hair in a ponytail with a rubber band. Then fifth grade teacher John Seiser, who is also the NEH football coach, took over.

With a classroom scissors, Seiser began to cut just above the rubber band.

“It can hear you cutting it,” said Faith, who stood calmly and listened as Seiser worked his way through her thick, golden hair as classmates and Faith’s mother looked on.

It took less than a few minutes to cut off years of growth.

Afterwards, Faith held the ponytail of hair and smiled as classmates congratulated her.

“I’ve got a lot of hair!” she exclaimed, holding up the now disconnected hair for everyone to see.

Faith was inspired by a friend to make the cut, she said.

“I wanted to donate it because my friend Haley Kelley did it,” said Faith, who had been growing her hair for the past two years in order to make Tuesday’s donation.

And there was a specific reason why Faith chose to have her hair cut at school rather than at a salon, said her mother, Roxanne.

“I wanted to do it at school to encourage other girls to do it,” she said.

The fifth grader didn’t take much time to dwell on the event as the students headed off to science class.

“I’m ready to start growing it, again!” she said.