The First Annual Rootz Hair Care Studio Back to School Bash was a huge success, thanks to the community pulling together in just seven days. Valisa Fletcher, the owner of Rootz Hair Care Studio, located on 839 Barton Blvd in Rockledge, opened her doors on Sunday, August 7th, offering free wash, styles, braids and cuts to the children of her community for back to school.
Valisa’s daughter, Quinisha Jenkins, came to her with a vision on how she wanted to give back to the community. Having two girls, Amaya and Olivia, ages 12 and 8, Quinisha understands how expensive back to school can be. Quinisha told her mom that she wanted to help her community and offer free wash, styles and cuts for children. Valisa, who usually throws a back to school barbeque each year, told her daughter to “make it happen.”
Quinisha reached out to her friends. With everyone’s help and resources, the donations started coming in and over fifteen volunteers committed. The Ice Cream Hut, also located at 839 Barton Blvd, had its grand opening, so there were activities for the kids outside as they waited. Another sponsor, Big Sis Ministry located in Cocoa also supported the event. Hair Stream Full Service Salon and Barber Shop in Melbourne and Queen Your Life Up Inc., a Brevard County organization dedicated to training a new generation of solution providers in the community, also sponsored Sunday’s festivities.
Upon reaching out to her friends and family, Quinisha said “It takes a village to raise our children. So let’s work together, with all of our resources, to make sure each child has a fair shot at a successful year.” Her vision became a reality in one week’s time, because this “village” knows what it takes to raise our children.
By Becky Bloom