Hometown Hero--Madison Powers

Close to two dozen third graders at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School are sporting a new look this week.

They all agreed to cut off inches and inches of their hair to help other children.

Watching her classmates line up and get their hair chopped one by one, 9 year old Madison Powers started getting a little anxious.

"I think it's really cool and I can't wait to get mine," she said. But when asked if she was going to miss her hair, she replied with a quick "Yes sir."

Madison helped organize the event for Locks of Love, and she and her friends did it all with almost no help from teachers.

She said it was a lot more work than they expected.

"You gotta get the nerves of saying 'Would you like to sign up for locks of love.' And it's just hard doing most of everything," said Madison.

The easy part? Getting people to agree to a drastic new look.

"We just asked people if they wanted to do it and they said yes," said Madison.

Close to 40 people signed up, but almost half will have to try again in a couple months, because their hair wasn't quite long enough yet. That's a big success for the third graders, and it's why Madison Powers is this week's Hometown Hero.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com