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Cosmetology gives gift of glam to children

Published: Friday, September 4, 2009

Updated: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 14:09

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Andrew Vasquez, Citrus College Clarion

Using the upmost precision Tawny Dogatzis, 19, blow dries and straightens a girls hair during the annual event held at Santa Anita Park on Aug. 20.

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Andrew Vasquez, Citrus College Clarion

Daniel Arzatie gives Matt Smith a sick buzz cut as Smith sports a black spider painted on his cheek at the 11th annueal Back-to-School event sponsored by the Foothill Unity Center.

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Andrew Vasquez, Citrus College Clarion

Cosmetology students also provided manicures for the the students participating the event.

The students in Citrus College's cosmetology program sharpened their scissors and skills and opened their hearts, working almost an entire day to bring a bit of glamour the "Back-to-School" event at Santa Anita on Aug 20.


Partnering with the Foothill Unity Center, cosmetology students provided haircuts for the boys and girls. Girls could also get manicures. More than 1600 qualified low-income students from Altadena, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena.


While Citrus provided haircuts and manicures, the students also received backpacks provided by the Ronald McDonald Foundation and Southern California Edison, Uniforms for K-8 children from the Vons Foundation, clothing for high school aged students provided by ELS, socks underwear, a shoecard worth $14 at any Payless ShoeSource store and school supplies.


"It's a good way for the students to get practice and a super way for us to save money," said Racheal Lomeli, the mother of Matt Smith, one of the children who got his hair cut by a Citrus students.


"The quality of their work is really good. They did exactly what I asked them to do for my child," she said


While Citrus students practiced for their future careers, they were also giving back to the community by making a positive impact on the children attending the event.


"You can see their faces light up when they get what they want. It's really cool," said Rebekah Sansom, a 20-year-old cosmetology student. "When they see themselves in the mirror they get really excited."


Representatives from the office of State Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-59) and Congressman David Dreier (R-26), and Citrus College Board of Trustees member Joanne Montgomery (Duarte/Monrovia/Bradbury) attended the event as well.


"This shows what great volunteers we have," Montgomery said. "We have such giving students because they would give up an entire day to help these children look their best as they get ready to go back to school."


"Everyone in this whole event has come up to me and said what a great job the students have done," Montgomery said. "It really puts Citrus College on the map.

 

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