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On Monday June 15, 2015, over 50 parents, faculty members, and students participated in Hopewell Elementary School’s annual Locks of Love event.

The event collected 163 individual ponytails to benefit Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. All Hopewell Elementary School (HES) students, grades pre-K to 5th attended a whole school meeting to kick-off the day’s festivities and witness the initial big “chop” of all the donors.
“Today, we are excited to be a part of helping these children get custom made hairpieces that will look real and stay on so they can just relax and be kids like you,”  said Sue Dayner, one of the coordinators of the Locks of Love event, as she addressed all the children at Hopewell Elementary during this meeting.
The School’s art room was transformed into a salon for the day, where all donors later returned for an appointment with a licensed hair stylist.  This memorable and inspiring event would not have been possible without Friends Salon, located at 46 E. Broad St. in Hopewell Borough, graciously volunteering their services for the day and providing FREE basic haircuts to all donors.  Special thanks also to Thomas Sweet in Princeton, NJ for generously donating chocolate treats for our brave participants to thank them for their donation.  The event hoped to inspire and encourage even the littlest people to make a difference in someone’s life and look beyond themselves.
In 2013, the HES Locks of Love event donated 110 ponytails, and in 2014 HES chopped and sent 113 ponytails to Locks of Love. It is estimated that it takes 6-10 ponytails to make one hairpiece. This year’s count of 163 individual ponytails is the record to beat!
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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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