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.”
The 110-plus schools host a variety of events, including fundraisers for local police, firefighters, their widows and orphans funds, and even for rescue dogs; and free services for police, firefighters, military, and first responders. In addition, every school holds a special in-school tribute or memorial that week, with students and team members sharing stories of how the events of September 11 helped them improve their lives or become closer to their families.
“This year marks the 18th anniversary of that fateful day, and the 7-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi,” Winn says. “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.”