Hollingworth Third Grade Students Give Hair for the Holidays

WEST COVINA, CA – DECEMBER 13, 2007 – Third Grade teacher Tara Mericle at Hollingworth Elementary wanted to challenge her students to read…. So she developed “Read for Those In Need” and came up with a unique incentive: the long-locked teacher challenged her classes to read and the highest readers could cut her hair so she could donate it to Wigs for Kids, an organization that helps children with cancer.


THE BIG CUT took place and the following students were the

 “Read for Those In Need” winners:


Angelica Martinez (Second grade)

Janelle Villegas (Third)

Gregory Nunez (Third)

Anthony Villalobos (Third)

Citlalli Aparicio (Third)

Wigs for Kids provides custom-made hair pieces to eligible children with hair-loss at no cost to them. The cost of one custom hair system is $1,800- $3,000. To learn more about the opportunities to help support wigs for kids, the public can visit www.wigsforkids.org or call (440) 333-4433.

Hollingworth Elementary is a two-time California Distinguished School and a nationally recognized No Child Left Behind school as well. The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 17,500 students at 23 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. Permits allow students from other communities to attend our schools. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit www.RowlandSchools.org. 

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