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Hairstylist uses talent to raise money for Tucson school

Hair by Patty Price
Posted at 12:31 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 20:29:00-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — It was a call to action for mom and hairstylist, Patty Price.

"My son mentioned to me that some kids didn't have notebooks and that their parents weren't able to provide them," said Price.

Because of that, she is cutting hair for a cause. She is charging each client $25 and donating it all to Tucson Country Day School.

"Everyone is in need in a lot of ways. Some families can't afford simple, basic things like school supplies," said Tucson Country Day School 5th Grade Teacher, Laurie Merenick.

Merenick is of the first to receive a charitable cut from Price. Merenick said Tucson Country Day School has specifically struggled to meet the growing demand for laptops.

"We've started to run out because some of them are older and are not working quite as well," said Merenick.

Tucson County Day is a charter school. Administrators explained that the funding they receive is based on enrollment. With enrollment numbers down since the start of the school year, staff are having to meet the evolving needs of the pandemic with less.

"As teachers, we've really had to accommodate for those students and make it so they still have access to the different things, but provide them in a different way," said Merenick.

Around half of Tucson Country Day School's students opted for full-time remote learning in the second semester. Price hopes her donations will help those families get through the remainder of the year.

"We are all hoping this brings a little more donation, so the kids can have what they need," said Price.

To schedule an appointment for a charitable haircut, contact Patty Price at hairbypattyprice@gmail.com or (520) 780-6216.