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Hair love at Okolona Elementary

One local elementary school gave students a special gift just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 6:36 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2020 9:48 AM

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - One local elementary school gave students a special gift just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Okolona Elementary School partnered with Grace Baptist Church, Ken McKinney, and LaZarus Sykes to give students free haircuts.

“It’s Valentine’s week," Principal Lealue Triplett said. "So we thought this would be the perfect week to show our little boys some love and get them the haircuts they want."

One student, Jeremiah Darden, said he was excited to get his hair cut at school.

“You don’t have to go to the barbershop; you can do it at school. That’s cool; you just sign the paper and get chopped," Darden said.

Organizers said this wasn’t just about providing haircuts, but also encouraging students to finish the school year strong.

“When they came in, they were so excited to get their haircut, and it's also going to reflect on their grades because I told them if they do good on their grades, we’re going to come back,” Pastor Boddie Sr. said.

Boddie and Grace Baptist Church will continue giving back to students this week. On Valentine’s Day, all 260 students at Okolona Elementary School will get a bear and candy.

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