Paul Mitchell Schools Honor Newtown Victimsby Paul Mitchell Schools on 1/11/2013
Like so many others around the world, the students and staffs at Paul Mitchell Schools were heartbroken over the loss of innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As is typical in the schools, the minute the news came out, Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh started receiving emails, phone calls, and text messages from Future Professionals, staff, and school leaders, all with the message of, “We must do something.”
Within days, many of the schools had formulated plans for reaching out to the Newtown families or easing the universal grief by offering extra love and compassion in their local communities. We’re sharing their stories in the hopes that their actions will inspire others to do whatever they can:
Paul Mitchell The School Ogden decorated their school with pink ribbons in remembrance of Emily, a child who was killed at Sandy Hook. Emily’s family had moved to Newtown two months earlier; they were bringing her back to be buried in Ogden, and the community came together to blanket the city in Emily’s favorite color for their arrival. The school also held dress-down days to raise money to help the family with funeral costs.
Paul Mitchell The School North Haven hosted a cut-a-thon in honor of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was shot and killed at the school. Proceeds from the January 7 cut-a-thon went to the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be given annually to a senior from Dawn’s alma mater, Naugatuck High School, who plans to pursue a career in education. Hochsprung’s daughter, Erica Lafferty, attended the cut-a-thon.
Paul Mitchell The School Danbury was on lockdown on the day of the shooting. “We do have students that are residents of Newtown and were closely affected,” staff member Caroline Louis told the Danbury Daily Voice. “We have a lot of moms here and a lot of parents, so this was close to our hearts.” Caroline also noted that the school tries to help out after any major disaster in the area, and that their culture places a strong emphasis on using hairstyling and cosmetology skills to give back. “We want the students to learn you won’t move forward if you don't give back,” she said. “This is the best thing that we can do for people as hairdressers.” Proceeds from their January 7 cut-a-thon went to the Sandy Hook Support Fund, sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank.
Future Professionals at Paul Mitchell The School Raleigh decorated their Christmas tree with ornaments bearing the names of all of the young children lost. They also commemorated the holiday by adorning the gifts under the tree with the childre's names.
Paul Mitchell The School Woodbridge and Pulse Beauty Academy, A Paul Mitchell School joined a nationwide effort to decorate the new Sandy Hook Elementary School for the student and staff’s return. Responding to a Facebook request to “create a winter wonderland,” the aspiring cosmetologists made and sent dozens of unique snowflakes signed with handwritten messages. Woodbridge Future Professionals also wore the elementary school's colors (green and white) and held a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives.
Paul Mitchell The School Huntsville sent handmade cards to let the community know that they were in their thoughts and prayers.
Paul Mitchell The School Houston showed support and love for Sandy Hook Elementary by wearing GREEN.
At Paul Mitchell Schools, giving back is not just a nice thing to do; it’s part of our culture and curriculum.