Each year since the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools across America have held some type of event in remembrance of the precious lives lost that day. Winn Claybaugh, dean and cofounder of the nationwide network, says, “The lesson we all learned from 9/11 was unity, and each year our Paul Mitchell Schools unite to show our appreciation, patriotism, and gratitude by planning something special in every school.
“This year marks the 15th anniversary of that fateful day, and the 4-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi," Winn said. "We must commit ourselves to doing more each year to keep alive the lessons we’ve learned, in honor of the brave individuals who have lost their lives. We think the best way to do that is to reach out locally and show our support for those wonderful people who keep our communities safe.”
To honor their local heroes in 2016, some schools hosted fundraising events for local police, firefighters, their widows and orphans funds, and even for rescue dogs. Other schools invited police, firefighters, military, and first responders to stop by for free services or other special events. Many schools, such as Paul Mitchell The School Arkansas (pictured above) delivered treats and goodies to local first responders. Every school held a special in-school tribute or memorial during the week of September 11, with students and team members sharing stories of how the events of September 11, 2001, have helped them improve their lives or become closer to their families.
Future Professionals and team members from Paul Mitchell The School Esani delivered treats to thank their local firefighters.
Paul Mitchell The School Gastonia welcomed firefighters from the City of Gastonia Fire Department Ladder 3 and Fire Chief Phil Welch to their 9/11 remembrance day.
Paul Mitchell The School Fort Myers offered free haircuts to local firefighters and veterans.
Future Professionals from Paul Mitchell the School - Ogden delivered baked goods and garlands of thank-you notes to their local police, firefighters, and military recruiting stations. Since many of those offices are closed in the evening, the night school Future Professionals delivered baked goods and thank-you's to the Emergency Department at their local hospital. The school also offered offering complimentary haircuts to first responders September 10-17.
In addition, on a national level, Paul Mitchell Schools have partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation since 2012 to support and thank our nation’s most severely wounded warriors while supporting active duty service members, veterans, first responders, and the children and families of our fallen. To date, through their annual FUNraising campaign, Paul Mitchell Schools have donated $585,000 to support the services provided by the Gary Sinise Foundation, which include building custom-designed “smart homes” for our wounded heroes.
For more information about 9/11 tribute events at a Paul Mitchell School, use the School Locator at www.paulmitchell.edu to find a school near you.
See more photos and stories in our 2016 "We Remember 9/11" photo album on the Paul Mitchell Schools' Facebook page