McKee students 'do' up Hungerford girls

Does your school participate in community service projects? Have a look at McKee High School's great involvement!

"STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - ST. GEORGE - Every girl needs a spa day. And cosmetology students at McKee High School were only too happy to oblige physically and mentally disabled Hungerford School seniors for a "Day of Beauty" recently in McKee's classroom salon.

Hungerford School students had their hair styled, nails done and make-up provided free of charge, as part of a community service project coordinated by cosmetology teacher MaryLou Buono and Hungerford teachers Marie Montvilo and Terry Slavens. The primping helped prepare them for their senior luncheon, and their senior prom, which took place last night in the Labetti Post VFW hall in Rosebank.

The day was a win-win experience for students from both schools. McKee students, all juniors, had the opportunity to work on real people. Meanwhile, seniors at the Hungerford School, a special education facility in Clifton that serves teens to age 21, had a professional salon experience, a first for many.

"This was a new experience for McKee's students and although they were a little nervous, once they began styling, they forgot about being nervous and started to really enjoy their experience with the girls from Hungerford," explained Ms. Buono.

"This whole experience was so unique, something I will never forget," declared McKee student Tanairys Gomez.

Hungerford student Abigail Morales, who is hearing-impaired, signed that she "had so much fun" and she "can't wait to do this again."

In addition to Miss Gomez, cosmetology classmates who participated were Alexina Paez, Grace Oyewole, Darlene Browning, Stefani Dejesus, Jenese William, Dejonae Witt, Karen Santiago, Jessica Espinoza, Cinthia Rosario and Victoria Kam.

Participating seniors from Hungerford, in addition to Miss Morales, were Lauren Bolos, Janay Cloud, Tiffany Cosares, Karen Freire, Ardijana Redzovic, Christine Tomes and Melissa Wagman.

Hungerford seniors left McKee smiling ear-to-ear, and gladly posed for photographs. Despite the rain, no one left having a bad hair day."

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