Birchwood’s Cut for the Cause

Alexa Mediate, a Birchwood 5th Grader gets measured by stylist Annemari Digiamo from Anthony DeFranco Salon as mom Melissa looks on with approval.
Alexa Mediate, a Birchwood 5th Grader gets measured by stylist Annemari Digiamo from Anthony DeFranco Salon as mom Melissa looks on with approval.
Left to right: Brooke Donovan, Sawyer Diamond, and Ella Palmieri get together for an ‘after’ photo.
Left to right: Brooke Donovan, Sawyer Diamond, and Ella Palmieri get together for an ‘after’ photo.
Birchwood teacher Krista Schwarzer gets 8” taken off by stylist Gina Ribando from Anthony DeFranco Salon.
Birchwood teacher Krista Schwarzer gets 8” taken off by stylist Gina Ribando from Anthony DeFranco Salon.

On Monday afternoon, Birchwood’s staff and community families joined in an important event when they decided to pony up and help women fighting cancer.

'Beautiful Lengths' is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest nonprofit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to people with cancer across the country.

“We wanted to be part of this wonderful cause sponsored by Pantene,” said Birchwood’s Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian. “Girls donated 8 inches of hair, and we invited the boys to ‘Buzz for a Cure,’ thanks to Anthony DeFranco Salon.” Birchwood received 40 hair donations (ponytails) for wigmaking. Also, 25 boys buzzed their hair to show support.

Great job committee members of Birchwood’s SBM team who organized this successful event: Anthony Ciccarelli, Principal; Annie Michaelian, Assistant Principal; Birchwood teachers: Helma Adde, Ian Denson, Krista Legge, and Kristen Lopez; Paraprofessional June Alexander; Students: Charlotte O ‘Hara and Chloe Murphy; and Birchwood Parents: Carmela Posillico, Rosanna Meberg, and Michelle Murphy.

Congratulations to the Birchwood School community for coming together for this very worthy cause!

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