During Cancer Awareness Day at Roy Cloud Elementary School in Redwood City, there were 19 hair donations and $1,400 raised for The American Cancer Society. At the event a Tongan mother and daughter cut their hair together. In Tongan culture the women do not cut their hair until their father is deceased. The daughters of the deceased will cut their hair for their father which is a sign of love and respect to be handed over to the highest aunt. She in turn will weave them into belts to be worn for special occasions. Luseane, an eighth grader, was inspired to cut her hair in honor of her aunt, who is battling cancer. After speaking to her parents, they agreed to allow her to join in Hair for Hope and her mother joined her as well.
The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation is now accepting submissions to the ‘$1,000 for 1,000 Words’ fiction-writing contest. The competition, open to all current students in grades 6-12, is looking for outstanding pieces of short fiction consisting of exactly 1,000 words.
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