Preschoolers don bright hair in career lesson

Ayla Strauss, 5, of Edinburg, gets pink hair by Triplett Tech cosmetology student Jayden Austin, 18. Kaley Toy/Daily

MOUNT JACKSON – Preschoolers in Raelyn Hamilton’s class sported bright new hair thanks to the Triplett Tech cosmetology class on Wednesday morning.

Hamilton is an early childhood education teacher at Triplett Tech and wants to allow the preschoolers in her class a chance to experience some career options that could be available to them in the future.

Lindsay Wood, the cosmetology teacher at the school was excited to get her students involved with the experience.

We wanted to “make them feel special and have fun,” she said, as kid-friendly music was playing in the background.

Wood’s students curled, spiked and used bright, temporary hair color on the preschoolers’ hair. The kids’ faces lit up after seeing their bright new hair. Some of the girls had their nails painted as well.

Teagan Beaune, 3, of Maurertown, has her hair temporarily colored purple by Josey Lonas, 17, a second year cosmetology student at Triplett Tech. Kaley Toy/Daily

“They are little and that’s what they care about,” she said about keeping the experience fun for the kids.

In the next few weeks, the children will also be visiting the masonry and carpentry classrooms. They will create a booklet that represents each classroom that they visited to look back on their experiences.

Hamilton’s Kids Connect program is modeled after Career Connection, a national program sponsored by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. For more information, visit http://www.fcclainc.org/.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com