- Massachusetts Probation Service
Media Contact for Back to School: New Bedford District Probation Employees Provide Free Haircuts at Local School
Coria Holland, Communications Director
Melissa L. Cathcart, New Bedford District Court Probation Officer, and Karen Swift, Case Specialist—both hairstylists in a past life—gave free haircuts to students just in time for back-to-school rush.
Ms. Cathcart and Ms. Swift were among a group of licensed cosmetologists and barbers who volunteered their talents and time at a Back-to-School event held at Carney Academy School in New Bedford.
“They (children) were very excited and so happy to be there," said Ms. Cathcart. “They were so very thankful and we even received lots of hugs and smiles.”
“I have always loved making others feel good. It is a great feeling to put a smile on a child’s face with something as simple as a trim. All of the parents seemed beyond grateful,” Ms. Swift said. “Growing up as a child of a single parent of three, I know what it’s like to struggle. It was such a pleasure to be a part of the community and give back.”
The event featured free backpacks, school supplies, games, bounce houses and live entertainment.