Visalia beauty school fundraiser to help missing children

Estes Institute of CosmetologyEstes Institute of CosmetologyStudents attending the Estes Institute of Cosmetology in Visalia will be cutting hair May 24 as part of an effort to raise funds for missing and exploited children.

The Cut-A-Thon will have around 70 students from the school charging for haircuts with proceeds benefitting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a nonprofit that provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents and child victims of abuse and neglect.

The event will go on from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Estes Institute of Cosmetology, located at 324 E. Main St.

No appointments are necessary and all work will be done by supervised students.

More information can be found by calling the Estes Institute of Cosmetology at (559) 733-3617.

Nationally, the Cut-A-Thon is organized by Pivot Point, an educational network of hundreds of beauty schools and salons worldwide.

Last year, more than 100 Pivot Point and American Association of Cosmetology Schools and salons across the nation participated in the Cut-A-Thon to raise nearly $1 million for the effort.

The funds raised for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will be dedicated to helping the organization's mission of recovering and protecting the nation's youth.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year while 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood.