September 19, 2014

Medina
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Heads with new haircuts held high down school hallways

Angels for Kids founder Shanyn McCourt, right, poses with Kenny Crumpton, of Fox 8 News, stylists from Salon Rootz in Medina Township and area children who were given free back-to-school makeovers Monday to boost their confidence. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Angels for Kids founder Shanyn McCourt, right, poses with Kenny Crumpton, of Fox 8 News, stylists from Salon Rootz in Medina Township and area children who were given free back-to-school makeovers Monday to boost their confidence. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Three dozen area youngsters were pampered by stylists at Salon Rootz on Monday as part of an annual back-to-school event sponsored by the Angels for Kids Foundation.

The children from around Northeast Ohio were given a haircut, new outfits for the first day of school, beauty and hygiene products and school supplies at the Medina Township salon, 3725 Medina Road.

The event aims to give school-aged children the confidence they need to walk through their school doors with their heads held high and ready for success, according to the Angel for Kids Foundation website.

A youngster gets his hair cut by a stylist at Salon Rootz in Medina Township as part of a back-to-school makeover event sponsored by the Angels for Kids Foundation. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A youngster gets his hair cut by a stylist at Salon Rootz in Medina Township as part of a back-to-school makeover event sponsored by the Angels for Kids Foundation. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

President and founder of the foundation, Shanyn McCourt, said she got the idea at her 30th birthday party.

“Two girls that I went to high school with approached me and said that I was the only person that didn’t make fun of them at school,” she said. “I realized they got made fun of mainly because of their clothes and their beauty products.

“The event gives the children the clothes (and other products) that will give them a successful first day of school.”

Eight of the 36 children involved were escorted to and from Salon Rootz in a limo while a DJ played each child’s favorite song.

McCourt said the goal of her nonprofit is to help homeless and underprivileged children in Northeast Ohio.

Her foundation also hosts an event around Christmas where children receive dream gifts.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.