Brent Caldwell, Student Success Academy teacher at Lake Pointe Elementary in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, surprised students by getting a haircut and donating his locks during a live broadcast of the school’s virtual morning announcements. The educator spent three years growing his hair out to donate.
Caldwell made the decision to get his locks chopped so he can contribute to the campus’ ongoing Acts of Kindness project. The project began five years ago, and campus students and staff are hoping to complete 10 million acts of kindness by the end of the school year. So far, they’ve topped 6.5 million acts.
“It’s so important to be kind,” Caldwell said. “It seems like it might not be hard, and it's just something small, (but) it can change someone’s entire world.”
Caldwell discussed his desire to donate his hair with Principal Dr. Audrey Arnold, and they brainstormed ways to share his act of kindness with students.
On October 2 during virtual morning announcements, Dr. Arnold invited Caldwell and a hairdresser on screen to cut his hair live. He donated his tresses and raised money to give to Hair We Share, a nonprofit that provides hair solutions to anyone who has lost their hair due to medical conditions.
“(Students) look up to him, and they see him as somebody they want to be like,” Arnold said. “I think for our students to see an adult modeling kindness in their life in words and actions -- that’s something that makes a powerful impact on a child’s heart.”