Westside schools:
‘Locks of Love’ at Bijou May 25

       The Bijou School will host a benefit for Locks of Love Friday, May 25.

Cast members of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" surround Ophelia's casket during the Renaissance night at the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning (AACL) charter school May 18. From left in back are drama teacher Jesse Wilson, Alexis Runyon, Julianna Mattson, Anja Knebl, Mia Flores, Division V teacher Sherrie Horn and Michael Conway. With mustache is Emma Rommel-Ruiz and in the casket is Abigail Bean.
Westside Pioneer photo

       The event from 9:30 to about 11 a.m. will allow people from the community with at least 10 inches of clean, dry hair to have it cut off by professional barbers in the school gym at 2904 W. Kiowa St.
       According to a District 11 press release, “Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides vacuum-fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.”
       Kathryn Presnal, principal of Bijou (a D-11 alternative high school), said this week that 10 people have already pledged to donate their hair for the event, but “more are welcome.” No reservations are necessary.
       She said the event is a chance to “give back to the community.” The event was organized by a Bijou teacher, Deborah Boisselle, who had recent cancer concerns. “Luckily I did not have to have chemo or radiation, so I decided to grow my hair longer and give it to Locks of Love,” Boisselle said in an e-mail. “I was at school and talking about cutting my hair and giving it to the organization when several people suggested that some students and staff might also want to donate their hair. The idea snowballed from there.”

       Swimmers' state medals
       Two Coronado High relays medaled at the 4A Boys Swim & Dive State Championship May 18-19.
       The events were the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. In both, the Cougar foursome finished second to D'Evelyn High.
       Coronado's 200-yard group consisted of Danny Kay, Andrew Essells, Eric Albers and Steve Peek. In the 400 were Kay, Andrew Essells, Albers and Peek.

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