I went to school assembly this morning.
I really like the fact that my girl's school encourages you to be involved in everyday stuff.
When she was in the lower grades I got the opportunity to help out with reading groups, art classes and PE lessons. It was a wonderful way of being part of her school day...
Anyway, I digress - back to the assembly.
During assembly this morning one of the Grade 7 girls got up on the stage and had her hair shaved
in front of about 700 pupils, teachers and parents.
She pledged to do this if she raised a certain amount of money for Leukaemia research through the Greatest Shave. She smashed her target amount! Everyone was behind her. The school pupils were asked to bring in a gold coin donation, and for an extra $1 they could also get their hair sprayed.
What touched me the most was the support and feeling of camaraderie in the school.
Whilst she sat on the stage the other pupils watched, (the young preps with wide eyes) they giggled a bit, they gasped when the clippers first went through her hair and then they broke out in spontaneous applause.
It went on and on and on...
I was choked...I welled up...I had to put my sunglasses on! (I am such a cry softie!)
Her Dad was there to take photos,
her mum was there with the congratulatory hug,
and we were there to applaud.
When so many young girls are preoccupied with a certain image and looks,
this beautiful young girl challenged that.
I congratulate her, not just on raising the money,
but for the messages that she has allowed me to share with my girl.