The salon is not where most 7th and 8th graders spend their day, but for Sierra Lowe and Dwight Gibson this was a day to celebrate hard work.
Their names were drawn out of a hat. A hat full of the names of students who have not missed a single day of school in the last 3 months.
“If they're not there we can't teach them so in order for them to be there, we try to offer rewards for them for coming to school,” says Twyla Messer, Beckham Bates Elementary Principal.
The Beckham Bates students are part of a program called Avid which helps transition them from elementary to high school. Dwight says you never would have caught him a salon before.
“All the girls was telling me not to cut my hair, they told me if i cut an inch off my hair then they wouldn't talk to me,” says Dwight Gibson, 7th grade student.
Sierra says all of her friends were trying to make suggestions for her new do, but she says after 3 months straight of school she was looking forward to other things.
“Just like getting out of school and not doing work,” says Sierra Lowe, 8th grade student.
Principal Twyla Messer says the day of pampering was made possible through their American Idol fund after being featured on the Fox show back in April. She says this is just one example of an incentive students can get for hard work.
“That's what we try to portray, not just educating them with books, numbers, and cram all this information in their head, we try and do special things to let them know we care too,” says Lowe.
In addition to the cut and color services at the Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology, they also received a new outfit. To finish the day off right, Dwight and Sierra had a chauffer take them - and their new looks - for lunch on the town.