A group of Shawnee Mission students will be sporting new hairdos as they return to school thanks to an event held Monday at Merriam Park Elementary School.
The school coordinated the event working in partnership with Midwest Cuts in Shawnee and Andre Carnegie, student success liaison at SM North.
Several parents shared that the event was a very helpful as they complete to-do lists to prepare for the first days of school and it also provided an affordable resource.
Offering this event is part of the ongoing work at Merriam Park to be a community school that builds partnerships between the school and community resources to support the academic, health, and family needs of students, Dustin Springer, instructional coach said.
“By building relationships that support our students and families we are also strengthening our entire community,” Springer said.
Fred Dantzler, the barber from Midwest Cuts who partnered with the school, is also a SM North graduate. Through building this connection, Dantzler has been invited to return to Merriam Park and speak with a group of sixth-graders that meets on Friday mornings.
“We are proud of the climate and culture that continues to be cultivated at Merriam Park by continuing to foster these strong partnerships and build on our community’s strengths,” Springer said.