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Ocean Haugh (above) and classmate Jordyn deBruyne (below) smile while having their hair styled by Janet Sawatzky, a stylist at Platinum Designs, during an afternoon of pizza and pampering at the salon earlier this week. Jordyn and Ocean’s Grade 5 teacher at Meadows School, Marta Werbowski, draws names each year for a couple students to receive the special treatment.
For the past five years, one Meadows School teacher has been treating two deserving young students to a day of pampering.
Jordyn deBruyne gets pampered by Janet Sawatzky, a stylist at Platinum Designs. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Jordan deBruyne, left, and Ocean Haugh smile after having their hair and nails done at Platinum Designs. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Ocean Haugh, a Grade 5 student at Meadows School, has her nails done by Jaidyn Werbowski at Platinum Designs earlier this week. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Jordyn deBruyne, smiles after having her hair cut and styled and her nails painted at the salon. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Marta Werbowski, a teacher for nearly 15 years, said organizing a day at the salon for the students is becoming a bit of a Christmas tradition.
"I see so many kids who have little or nothing and then I see so many kids, including my own, who have above and beyond and I think there needs to be a bit of a balance," Werbowski said. "I think there needs to be a recognition of giving and I think if more people gave, not just at Christmas, we’d live in such a better world."
Grade 5 students Ocean Haugh and Jordyn deBruyne were chosen by their teacher to spend part of Monday afternoon at a local salon.
With their hair in bouncy curls and nails painted bright colours, it was easy to see how the experience transformed the usually quiet girls both emotionally and physically, Werbowski said.
"They’re different girls today," she said. "Once everything was done, it’s like a little Cinderella story. They transform and they’ve been hopping around.
"It’s like a little self-esteem booster for them."
Every year, Werbowski selects students from her class based on what she notices on a daily basis at school.
This year, Platinum Designs owner Janet Sawatzky donated the salon services and Werbowski treated them to a pizza lunch and provided them with gift bags filled with little gifts for the young girls.
"It was really fun," DeBruyne said.
Both girls said they enjoyed getting their hair and nails done and liked spending some "girl time" with their teacher outside of the classroom.
Meadows School principal Dave Lim said the experience each year provides students with a sense of community.
"It’s just very special," Lim said. "I will always support when we’re doing things for kids.
"When they talk about school, this is something that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives."
Under Werbowski’s initiative, Meadows students also host a bake sale every year around this time in support of one local family in need.
This year’s bake sale, held last week, sold 25-cent baked goods and raised $580. The money will go towards buying Christmas gifts, which the students will wrap themselves, and food for the family.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 18, 2013