by Lisa Tome
Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Joan Mercado styled nearly 300 heads of hair.
And that didn't count the faculty.
Mercado, an assistant with the Lifetouch school portrait company, was on location at Cecilton Elementary School making sure everyone looked
their best. She'd run a comb through the hair of children, wipe off faces, and then throw both the comb and tissue away before moving on to the next child.
"We want them to express their personality so they feel confident," said Mercado.
School principal Paula Webster stopped in to check the photo taking process. "They are excited, sharp, and looking good," said Webster. "We do pictures two times a year in fall and spring. But these are the pictures for the yearbook."
Third grade teacher Carolyn Jones was there with her class.
"They like to have their picture taken," said Jones.
Asia Farraday was excited. "I like coming to picture day. When she (Mercado) combed my hair, it felt like she was tickling me," said Farraday.
Seth Rinker wore dress pants and a button down shirt.
"I only wear this on picture day," said Rinker. Campbell Walker also decked herself out in jewels. "I wore a necklace that my mom's friend gave me. And one that my mom gave me. I wouldn't wear this to school (normally)," said Walker.
It's not only students who get decked out.
"I wore a dress today. I don't normally wear one. I don't normally think about what to wear. But I wore this and made sure it was ironed," said teacher Leslie Huffman. "I remember picture day in school. They gave you a comb and you hoped your picture wasn't after gym or recess."