Dulaney High community locks in on acts of compassion [Column]

Challenged by phys ed teachers, many donate hair for cancer survivor wigs

June 21, 2013

Fifty-two teachers and students at Dulaney High School accepted the challenge initiated by physical education teachers Kellie Fialcowitz and Jessica Szymanski to join them in donating eight inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths was the first company and is the largest national movement to create quality, real-hair wigs from donated hair. Wigs are then offered free to women affected by hair loss from cancer. As stated on the Pantene website, "To us, it's hair, but to women with cancer, it's hope."

The pair initiated the challenge early in the school year. This challenge embodies the school's motto "We are one — all in!" touting the school's commitment to community. Jean Fialcowitz, Kellie's mother-in-law, thanked everyone on behalf of cancer survivors, like herself, and her two sisters who also had cancer. Expectations Salon stylists in Parkton donated their time in cutting the participants' hair.

On June 2, special recognition was given to all of the dedicated Sunday school teachers at Ashland Presbyterian Church. Rising third-graders receiving Bibles were Reese Habicht, Vinny Mendel, Niklas Scholl and James Zhu. Graduating seniors receiving book grants were: Graham Hensley, attending Salisbury University, Elena Kern, attending the University of Vermont and Bo Wagner, attending West Virginia University and also receiving the Audi Racke Scholarship. On the same day, Ashland welcomed Katie Jasa, summer intern from Louisville Seminary.

Stella Maris Auxiliary's Good Buy Shop is holding its annual Christmas in July Sale on July 16-17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stella Maris Family Center, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium. For more information, contact Volunteer Services Director Marianne Yannarell at  410-252-4500, ext. 7315. The Good Buy Shop is a volunteer-run store that accepts donations of clothing and house wares from the community. All proceeds from the event will be given to Stella Maris to promote the compassionate care provided in their rehabilitation, home care, senior living facilities, hospice, Alzheimer's and Adult Day Care centers.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center has many opportunities for families this summer, including the Monarch Watch Workshop and Nature's Nightlight Hike and Campfire. See how Oregon Ridge raises monarch caterpillars, tags them and releases them. Workshop taking place July 13-14, 1- 3 p.m. For the hike, learn the secrets of the brightest insect in the park, then make s'mores around the campfire, July 19, from 7- 9 p.m. For more information, contact the center at 410-887-1815.

A special birthday shout-out to my son, Christian Saarbach and a very special wedding anniversary greeting to my daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Stephen Tonkin.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July and enjoy the first full days of summer!

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