Cosmetology students Pay It Forward
Sabrina McCormick, a Grade 12 student at Delhi District Secondary School and former Norwich District High School student, curls Grade 9 student Olivia Clark’s hair during the Pay it Forward makeover day at DDSS on May 30. (SARAH DOKTOR Delhi News-Record)
Grade 9 students at Delhi District Secondary School were treated to a day of pampering by the cosmetology class last week thanks to the Norwich Optimists’ Pay it Forward grant.
The Pay it Forward challenge was created in 2010 in an attempt to smooth the transition of Norwich District High School students into their new home at Delhi. This year, the cosmetology class at DDSS received one of three grants from the Optimists to purchase supplies such as new nail polish and hair chalk for their “Welcome to our Raider family” makeovers.
“It does work as pay it forward,” said Robin Sallewsky, the hairstyling and aesthetics teacher at DDSS, noting the cosmetology class was excited to receive new supplies, which in turn made them excited to pamper the Grade 9 students, who will hopefully be uplifted and pass the kindness along to someone else in their own way.
The concept worked.
“It puts you in a good mood and makes you want to do something nice for someone else,” said Grade 9 student Brianne Gingerich.
There were 26 Grade 9s chosen by their teachers that received pampering. Students performed manicures, pedicures, applied makeup and hair chalk as well as curled and styled the girls’ hair.
“It’s a real treat,” said Sallewsky. “And it’s a learning experience for the girls (cosmetology students).”
Emily Kleen, a Grade 12 student at DDSS and former Norwich District High School student. was excited to get practise using the new supplies.
“You get to try all the new stuff and we can use it later on all the people (clients) that come in,” said Kleen.
Kleen also hoped the day would inspire other students to be kind to others.
“It’ll be a wave effect, hopefully,” she said.
Sabrina McCormick, a Grade 12 student at DDSS and former NDHS student, curled Grade 9 student Olivia Clark’s hair during the afternoon of beauty treatments.
“It's kind of fun doing something for other people,” said McCormick.
The two girls chatted as Clark got her hair done.
“It gives you a chance to get to know people,” said Clark, adding there is often little interaction between the junior and senior grades.
That all changed last Wednesday.
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