Etcetera - 07/18/12

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Even little kids can make a difference in the lives of others, said Walla Wallan Jennifer Farrens.

Jennifer and husband Keith Farrens' daughters, Alysha, who will be 10 on Thursday, and Sabrina, 7, decided to donate their hair to Locks of Love.

This nonprofit organization provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under 21 in the U.S. and Canada who suffer longterm medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

According to www.locksoflove.org, most children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to the medical condition alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.

Alysha and Sabrina gave between 10 to 11 inches of their light-brown hair, which was cut on July 3 by stylists at City Slickers Salon & Spa, 14 W. Main St., Walla Walla.

"Cheryl Stubblefield and Mikayla Rencken were great with them," Jennifer said. "They made it a fun day and cheered them on through it all." The girls said they would do it again, Jennifer added.

Sabrina said it was the right thing to do for a child who did not have hair.

Alysha knew children benefitting from their donation would appreciate their gesture, too.

Alysha will begin fourth grade and Sabrina will start second grade at Rogers Adventist School in College Place. They enjoy doing acrobatics with the AcroKnights, riding bikes, playing outdoors, swimming at their grandma Karen Pedersen's house and riding horses.

Service/merit scholarships of $1,000 each went to three young people for the 2011-2012 academic year from Walla Walla Kiwanis Club and Walla Walla Kiwanis Camp Foundation.

Club scholarship recipients are Chelsea Cavazos and Rebeca Michael. Paige Moeller's award came from the foundation. All are Walla Walla High School graduates.

Chelsea has spent countless hours volunteering with Latino Educational Achievement Project and AVID, an internationally acclaimed program that prepares underachieving middle- and high-school students for higher education. Chelsea will attend the University of Washington this fall as an education major.

Rebeca plans to work on her associate of arts degree at Walla Walla Community College before transferring to a four-year university to complete a degree in business administration and pre-med, then on to medical school to become a doctor.

Rebeca volunteered at Walla Walla General Hospital and with Kiwanis club projects.

Paige has been a member of Kiwanis Key Club since her freshman year. She volunteered with UNICEF, LINK Crew, AVID and was senior class treasurer.

She will major in biomedical or environmental engineering Washington State University.

Walla Walla Kiwanis sponsors Key Club at Wa-Hi. Many of the local club's activities focus on youths.

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