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Tallahassee's Sabal Palm Elementary Hosts 'Curls For Queens' Donation Drive

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Sabal Palm Elementary is hosting Curls for Queens -- a back-to-school hair donation drive. The goal is to provide local, low-income students with hair care products and accessories to help boost their self-esteem and alleviate the financial burden on parents.

“For four days straight I had a student who walked past my office with a hoodie on, and she was constantly late for class,” said Makayla Fedd, Community Partnership School Wellness Coordinator at Sabal Palm Elementary. “When I finally asked her what was going on, she told me her hair was not done and she was tired of being teased about it so she didn’t want to go to class. I told her on the mornings she felt the least beautiful, she can stop by and I will fix her hair. This is what birthed the idea for a hair drive!”

Sabal Palm is accepting hair products and accessories until September 10th. Donations can be dropped off at these locations:

  • Children’s Home Society of Florida, 1801 Miccosukee Commons Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida, 1000 W Tharpe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • A Plus Everything, 2401 W Pensacola Street Suite C Tallahassee, FL 32304
  • Eve’s Beauty Supply, 2001 S. Adams St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Mandisa Ngozi Art & Braiding Gallery, 1908 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Items can also be purchased directly from the Community Partnership School’s Amazon wish list.

Community members, salons and technicians are also needed for an event to style and braid on September 18th. Anyone interested in volunteering as a hair stylist should email Makayla Fedd at Makayla.fedd@chsfl.org

Sabal Palm Elementary is a Community Partnership School. Core partners include the Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), FSU Primary Health, and the Leon County School District.

Core partners focus on removing tough barriers to learning by bringing together high-quality academics, health care, counseling, mentoring and more — all at the school.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.