HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The  Amsterdam Elementary School community, including 19 students, two former students, two teachers and one parent sat patiently as hair stylists trimmed their hair at the school last week which was collected and donated to Wigs for Kids, a non-profit organization that makes hairpieces for children who suffer from hair loss.

This is the 15th year that Amsterdam School has held this hair cutting celebration. In addition to providing about 276 inches of hair to the non-profit organization, this year the school community also raised $1,100 in  donations.

The annual school ceremony started over 15 years ago in the classroom of of 4th grade teacher Lisa Caudill and has grown each year since.. That year, Caudill’s class provided support and encouragement to her as she grew her hair, cut it, and donated it.

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Now, Caudill organizes the program every year and invites the entire school community to participate

 Since Caudill’s first ceremony in her classroom, the school has donated nearly 7,500 inches of hair, which woven together, would stretch for more than 1 ¼ mile.

The $1,100 in donations were collected through a hair extension fund raiser. Students and staff had the opportunity to purchase a pink or red hair extension and have it bonded to their hair with the proceeds going to Wigs for Kids.

Hillsborough salon, Hair Plus, donated their time to not only the hair extension fund raiser where they bonded extensions to the hair of students and staff, but they also made the cut for the 24 hair donators on June 1.