Girl hopes others won't shy away from St. Baldrick's participation
A Manitou Springs Elementary School student hopes others won't shy away from good deeds.
Rebecca Davis, 9, shaved her head earlier this month to show support to kids who have cancer. She donated her hair to Locks of Love and raised $1,600 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity committed to research to find cures for childhood cancers.
"It makes me sad for them," Rebecca told KRDO NewsChannel 13.
"She's always had this inner beauty, but really showed it by wanting to help other children with cancer," said Christy Davis, Rebecca's mother.
That's why the story of a Grand Junction girl being temporarily kicked out of school for shaving her head touches the Davis family so deeply.
Kamryn Renfro shaved her head to help her friend Delaney Clements get through the chemotherapy that caused her hair to fall out.
School officials first told Kamryn she violated the dress code and couldn't return, although they backed off and said she could attend classes at least temporarily.
Tuesday's vote appeared to settle the matter.
School officials said the dress code was designed to promote uniformity and a non-distracting environment. They said exceptions could be made under extraordinary circumstances.
"It's not okay for schools to have a problem with kids supporting each other," Christy said. "I feel like in Manitou it's about kids supporting each other and learning to be kind and loving children."
Rebecca said she was supported by all of her classmates, teachers and administration at Manitou Springs Elementary School. She said she wishes Kamryn felt the same support.
"She did a really good thing to help her friend who had cancer," Rebecca said. "She didn't want her friend to feel like she was the only one who didn't have hair."
The Davis family said they hope others will see the positive experience Rebecca had at her elementary school and not be deterred by the negative experience Kamryn had at her school.
The principal of Manitou Springs Elementary School, Russ Vogel, told KRDO NewsChannel 13 via email that the school understands and supports every school's responsibility to define the dress code according to their particular needs and goals.
"We are fortunate in our community to be able to differentiate in our policies between students' negative messages in their personal style or grooming and their positive choices to compassionately and empathetically support others," Vogel said.
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