For the eighth year in a row, Style Depot owner Shane Little treated some of Ashe County High School’s Exceptional Children to a complimentary hair styling.
Students from Jennifer Treva’s class, who participate in the Occupational Course of Study Curriculum (OCS), took a temporary break from classes on Thursday to get pampered.
“This is probably the highlight of their year,” Anita Ferguson, classroom assistant, said. “It’s just a really nice holiday tradition.”
Nine students were treated to haircuts by Little and his team of stylists.
“It feels heavenly,” high school senior Amanda Ecklund said, “I think it’s amazing. My hair is just beautiful. I really needed a haircut.”
Ecklund and her classmates take part in a curriculum which focuses on community based vocational instruction to “prepare them for the world of work,” Ferguson said.
The OCS course of studies sends students to different locations in the county during their third and fourth periods to do community based work.
Seniors McKayla Calhoun and Katie McCoy said their internships at a local daycare center through the OCS program have given them an interest in working with children after high school.
“I’m definitely going to college to study childcare,” Calhoun said.
Ecklund echoed the sentiment expressed by her classmates.
“Last year we worked with some churches,” she said. Because of that experience, Ecklund would like to pursue joining the seminary.
When asked which part of OCS she has enjoyed the most, Ecklund said, “Pretty much everything. (Including) The awesome teachers and awesome people.”
As much as the OCS students gain from their studies, all of the kids enjoyed taking a morning off from school to visit the Style Depot. Little enjoys the annual visits just as much as the students.
“We love it…it’s a blast,” Little said. “We see the kids change over the years and we watch all of them grow up.”
The students come into the shop on the first Thursday each December.
“For our juniors and seniors this is something they look forward to every year,” Ferguson said, “We’re so grateful that Shane does this for us.”