By PORTIA WILLIAMS
PDT Staff Writer
LUCASVILLE — Madie Jarvis, a fifth-grader at Valley Elementary, got her first haircut March 5 for a great cause. The long ponytail that draped down Madie’s back would become a special gift to a fellow schoolmate.
Third-grader Kansas Waugh was accidently burned in a kitchen fire, which left her with severe burns and damage to her scalp, with considerable hair loss.
Before learning about Kansas’ accident, Madie had been reluctant to cut her waist-length hair. However, Madie changed her mind after seeing Kansas.
Stacey Riber, a first-grade teacher at Valley and a former teacher of Kansas, asked Madie if she would be interested in donating some of her hair to have a wig made for Kansas.
Madie agreed, and after the parents consented, Riber contacted Brenda’s Hair To Wear in Westerville, a salon that specializes in hair restoration.
“We are a licensed salon for people without hair, wanting hair. People come to us with various hair diseases, such as alopecia. We have helped individuals who have experienced hair loss due to radiation therapy, male and female pattern baldness, and more.” owner Brenda Scholl said.
Scholl said she was looking forward to completing the wig project for Kansas, a process that involved the use of three ponytails of donated hair — one of them from Madie Jarvis — which would be used to make the wig.
Scholl said this type of hair project would typically cost $750, but she gave Riber a discount rate of $500, because it involved a child who’d had such a terrible experience.
When asked how the project would be financed, Riber said she felt like something needed to be done for Kansas, and she just began asking for donations.
“In addition to the cost of the wig project, there is still the trip to Westerville,” Riber said. “When me and Kansas’ parents take her up to Westerville I would also like to buy her a new outfit to wear, and take her out to dinner. This will all be possible through donations. After the haircut was completed by local stylist Amy McCray, both Madie and Kansas smiled and embraced one another.
Kansas said Madie’s and Scholl’s kindness makes her happy and she believes the wig will make her feel more comfortable.
“This makes me feel like I did something good,” Madie said.