South Shaver Elementary librarian Kimberly Hall says goodbye to her golden braids after fourth-graders Angel Navarrete and Vivianna Govea dutifully snipped them off on Thursday.
As promised, South Shaver Elementary librarian Kimberly Hall brandished her braids and let loose of her locks on Thursday -- all in the interest of encouraging South Shaver students to meet their "Gotta Keep Reading" goals for the year.
The five South Shaver classes with the most reading points since Sept. 1 gathered in the library to see which class would have the honor of cutting off Mrs. Hall's blonde braids.
The honor went to Dawn Swain's fourth-graders. Two students from the class -- Vivianna Govea and Angel Navarrete -- stepped forward to take turns snipping off Mrs. Hall's braids, one on the right and one on the left.
The foot-long locks will be donated to the "Locks of Love" organization.
The other top reading classes were Phyllis Sweeney's fourth-grade class, second place; Sharon Martin's fourth-graders, third; Bety Soler's second-graders, fourth; and Veronica Gonzales's second-graders, fifth.
Mrs. Hall launched her "Who Will Make the Cut?" program at the start of the school year. Students accumulated accelerated reading points with each book read and class totals were announced each week.
Lizeth Gonzalez, a professional hair stylist and a former South Shaver student, was on hand to give Mrs. Hall a styled trim after the hair-cutting ceremony.
South Shaver fourth-grader Vivianna Govea slices into Mrs. Hall's braid of hair.
Hair today, gone tomorrow: Mrs. Hall holds up the lost lock for students to see.
Angel Navarrete, a fourth-grader in Dawn Swain's class, snips free Mrs. Hall's other braid.