2014-03-28 COS Cut-A-ThonEarlier, we discussed how the Automotive Collision Technology program is detailing cars for $5 and donating the proceeds to Reach Out Worldwide. This was the first in a series of stories about the charitable efforts of Cumberland Perry AVTS' students; on April 10, the Cosmetology program will be holding a cut-a-thon fundraiser which will support the American Cancer Society.

As mentioned in the previous article, all 22 CPAVTS programs have been tasked with deciding on a charity to sponsor and a fundraiser to hold. For the Cosmetology students, they simply decided to do what they've always done: Host a series of cut-a-thons, each donating the proceeds to a different charity organization.

Principal Diane Franklin said school officials decided to coordinate the activities as a way of driving home the importance of community service. “Performing community service work is a great way to increase students’ awareness of opportunities to serve without pay or recognition,’’ Franklin said. “Students learn that being part of a community is not just the place you work but it is about helping others through many different avenues. We hope that by providing opportunities for service we are instilling a lifelong habit of serving others.’’

Cosmetology instructor Christine Franklin said the fundraisers benefit all involved. “In addition to helping charity, these cut-a-thons also teach the students how to market themselves as stylist,’’ she said. “When they meet customers coming for the cut-a-thon, students have the opportunity to build a relationship with the goal of having a base of customers by the time they graduate.’’

Groups of students pick out the charity for the cut-a-thon and then take care of contacting the organization and getting the word out. The Autism Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Humane Society are among the charities that have benefitted this year from cut-a-thons.

Several of the students who organized the upcoming event said they felt a personal connection to the cause because members of their family had battled cancer. “I’ve lost friends and family to cancer,’’ said student Morgan Landis. “The American Cancer Society is an organization that needs help.’’


The Cut-A-Thon benefitting the American Cancer Society will be held on Thursday, April 10, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. There is a minimum $5 donation requested for all hair cuts. Baked goods will be sold during the event, and there will also be a raffle held for a basket of beauty products. Appointments must be made a day in advance, as there is limited space and time, and may be made by calling (717) 697-0354 Ext. 134.