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Idaho kids cut and gather hair for oil spill relief

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on May 21, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:23 PM

At Jerome Middle School - the 8th grade language arts students decided they had to do something about the oil spill in the Gulf coast. So, they took matters into their own hands! I got this e-mail from their teacher this week and I wanted to share it with you:  

Jerome Middle School


After watching a NBC Nightly News segment on using hair to help with the Gulf Coast oil spill, my 8th grade language arts students decided that they wanted to help. They are donating their hair to help create oil booms that soak up and contain the oil spill. They are also trying to persuade other students to do this. In addition, they are asking hair salons and pet groomers to donate as well.

They want to make a difference, and it is important for them to feel like they can. And it is important that they care!

Thank you,
Amanda Loosli
Jerome Middle School Language Arts Teacher

The students made posters to advertise the project:

And many of them have already shaved their heads!

Five brave boys have already stepped up to give their hair to the cause. Today is the deadline to bring in hair donations, so I'm sure there are many more students who are giving!

Their teacher Amanda Loosli - promised if all the students donated hair - she would cut her hair into a mohawk! I am still waiting to hear if that happened!

All of the hair donated will go to - you can watch the YouTube video that inspired them to give here:


Maybe you'll be inspired to gather hair donations too!