As the mother of five boys, Wendy Wymer knows how expensive it is to send children back to school.
So on Thursday, Wymer, manager of Great Clips in North East, provided free hair cuts to children in the Maple Heights apartment complex in Rising Sun.
"I want to help the kids get ready for school and mom not pay for it," said Wymer, who lives in the complex. Last week wasn't the first time she gave $12 haircuts free of charge. Wymer donated her time to cut hair for children at Ray of Hope Mission two consecutive years.
Before turning out to give the free haircuts, Wymer worked all day 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. giving haircuts at her job where the haircuts for children cost $12 each.
Jamie Weaver, Tenant Services at Maple Heights Apartments, arranged the annual Back to School party, The children started the day with door prizes and an ice cream sundae party. She explained why free haircuts were offered.
"It's been a hard year for some of the residents here. We worked to alleviate the money part of back to school," said Weaver, who also hosted bingo where students won school supplies as prizes.
Children then got to meet or spend a few minutes with their school administrators - Rising Sun Elementary principal Cindy Fitzpatrick and assistant principal Sherri Isaac and Rising Sun Middle principal Dr. Stuart Hutchinson turned out to greet the children and let them know about plans for the new school year.
"Those of you coming into sixth grade, we have a common bond, I'm new at the school too," said Dr. Hutchinson.
"We want all of our students to be safe, get along, and get the education they need. Lean on us, talk to us, we're here to support you."
Mrs. Fitzpatrick said that Rising Sun Elementary has new core values - Care for Self, Care for Others, and Care for the Environment. She also told the students about new teachers who have joined the staff. "We have a new reading program with lots of really cool books. And we have new math books. We're super excited," said Fitzpatrick.
"All of you can be anything you want to be. Nothing can stop you but yourself," said Fitzpatrick.
"Work hard. Be of good character. Treat others well." The RSES students will also have 30 minutes of recess everyday.
The school personnel were followed by Rising Sun police Sgt. Chris Tserkis and Officer George Vanaskey. They talked about safety - at the bus stop, walking to and from school, and more.