Saints Francis & Clare puts its Faith in Action by partnering with Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Students gather around Mr. Steve Imel, a SSFC teacher who battled cancer a few years ago. Many students donated in his name.

When teacher Kathy Ducotee witnessed Saints Francis & Clare (SSFC) Catholic School’s partnership with Pantene Beautiful Lengths for its annual Donate-A-Thon, she made a pact with some members of her third grade class that they would get their hair cut the following year.

Two of those students joined her for the fourth annual event on April 28.

“I lost my father to cancer,” Ducotee said. “Cancer has hit me hard. His death is what led me to come here to teach. I had been teaching at Indianapolis Public Schools for 20 years. I loved the giving back aspect (last year). I grew my hair out for the last year. When it came, I was bound and determined to sign up for it. We’ve been looking forward to this all year. I have worn a pony tail all year. I’m not a person that likes to do hair. You won’t see me in a pony tail anymore.”

The entire school gathered to watch the participants, who had at least 8 inches of hair to donate. Created by Pantene in partnership with HairUWear® and the American Cancer Society®, this charity campaign encourages Americans to grow, cut and donate their healthy hair to create wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

Before receiving their haircut, each at SSFC participant introduced themselves, and who they honoring with their donation. This was the school’s Faith in Action monthly project for April.