9/11 Tributes 2009by Paul Mitchell Schools on 11/11/2009
Every year since the 9/11 tragedy, Paul Mitchell Schools have held special events in remembrance of the lives lost that day. â��The lesson we learned from 9/11 was unity,â�� said Paul Mitchell Schools Dean and Cofounder Winn Claybaugh. â��Each year, we unite in showing our appreciation, patriotism, and gratitude by planning something special in every school.â��
Following are just a few examples of this yearâ��s September 11 tributes:
In California, Paul Mitchell The School â�� Costa Mesa established a widows and orphans foundation for local firefighters and has raised money for that organization every year.
Paul Mitchell The School â�� Sherman Oaks dressed in red, white, and blue and decked out their meeting room with matching balloons and streamers. They presented songs, poems, and 9/11 reflections, followed by a continental breakfast.
In Illinois, Trend Setters College of Cosmetology â�� A Paul Mitchell Partner School delivered baked goods and thank-you cards to their local fire and police departments.
In Maryland, The Temple â�� A Paul Mitchell Partner School started the day with Maya Angelouâ��s poem about September 11, followed by a â��Where were you that day?â�� activity. They ended their day by taking goody bags full of Tea Tree products to their local firehouses.
In Connecticut, North Haven Academy â�� A Paul Mitchell Partner School had a visit from their fire chief, who talked about what it was like that day. Future Professionals and staff paid $2 to wear red, white, and blue shirts and donated the money to the fire department.
In Michigan, Paul Mitchell The School â�� Sterling Heights offered free haircuts and styles to all servicemen and women on 9/11, including a group of local firefighters who came to the school in their fire truck.
In New Hampshire, Michaelâ��s School of Hair Design and Aesthetics â�� A Paul Mitchell Partner School donated $400 to New England K-9 Search and Rescue League. Nancy Lyon, chairperson and organizer of the group, came to the school to do a presentation and live demonstration with her rescue dog, Haven.
In memory of the 9/11 victims who spent their last moments calling their loved ones to say â��I love youâ�� one last time, nearly every school invited Future Professionals and staff members to pull out their cell phones and call someone to say â��I love you.â��
â��The spirit was high and the atmosphere was charged with compassion, love, and unity,â�� said Sherman Oaks School Director Stella Davis. â��There were tears, hugs, and gratitude for the gifts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.â��