For employees at the Hesperia Unified School District's alternative education center, the January 12 earthquake that devastated much of Haiti hit close to home.


"Our senior clerk typist [Beatrice Bruny] is Haitian and she was getting depressed," said cosmetology teacher Jodi Harri. "She had two brothers there and couldn't get through to them."


So the Regional Occupational Program's budding cosmetologists, nail technicians and aestheticians did what they knew how to do best, and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.


"We cut hair, did nails, did facials from 9 to 2" on Feb. 19, said Harris. "It was great."


The five-hour fundraiser brought in $487 for Haitian earthquake victims.


"Now we're thinking about doing it again on a Saturday so teachers and students can do it."


Charitable acts aren't new to the cosmetology program: Students visit High Desert Homeless Services and the Victor Valley Rescue Mission once a month, giving haircuts and other services to both organization's clients.


And as for Bruny's brothers, they both turned out fine.


For more information on the San Bernardino County Superintendent of School's ROP salon program in the HUSD, call 760-244-1771 x134.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star