Cuts for Kids sends students back to school in style

Studio 322 in Port St. Joe had a waiting line out the door on Monday afternoon as families from around the community brought their children in for a trim right before the beginning of the school year.

The salon, located off of Long Avenue, offered haircuts to about 40 local students, all free of cost, as part of a partnership with the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe.

“I like getting to work on events like this,” said Chloe Davis, one of the event’s chairs. “Small community projects like this can sometimes have some of the biggest impacts.”

An average child’s haircut can range anywhere from $15 to $45, depending on the type of cut needed. These prices can add up, especially for families with more than one child.

The Junior Service League’s Cuts for Kids is designed to offer free haircuts by licensed stylists free of cost, so that it is an option for all of Gulf District Schools’ students.

The  event was first started five years ago, and they have partnered with a different salon every year since, though Studio 322 Owner and Junior Service League Member Christy Allen said that she would be happy to host the event again next year.

“Well, we’ll definitely host this again,” she said after JSL President Hilary Patterson pointed out the annual venue change.

The Junior Service League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 

The organization hosts several large fundraising events annually so that they are able to provide community services such as the free back to school haircuts, including a chili cookoff in the winter and a 5K race in the spring.

On August 25, the JSL will be hosting a new member event at the Bayside Bakery in Port St. Joe. The event, which starts at 4 p.m. EST, is open to anyone aged 18 or older who is interested in more information about the Junior Service League.

For more information about the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe and their work, visit the organization’s Facebook page at


Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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