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Alyssa, a fifth-grade student and Stumbo Elementary, was awarded a free makeover by Banner cosmetologist Jason Bentley.
Alyssa, a fifth-grade student and Stumbo Elementary, was awarded a free makeover by Banner cosmetologist Jason Bentley.
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BANNER — Jason Bentley, an independent cosmetologist from Banner, has found a way to use his skills to take a stand against bullying in our schools.


Bentley’s plan was to seek out young people in the area who have been victims of bullying, and give them a complete makeover, complete with a gift basket and photo shoot. The chosen child—Alyssa, a student at John M. Stumbo Elementary—was nominated by her mother. Bentley says he was deeply touched by her story.


“The whole time I was in school, I was bullied,” says Bentley. “It doesn’t just affect you when you’re a child. I still remember it like it was yesterday. It stays with you.”


At least eight businesses and individuals donated gifts for the lucky lady, including clothes, accessories, cosmetics, and more.


“Maybe it will draw awareness … parents need to teach their kids not to pick on others. Kids don’t understand how they’re affecting others,” Bentley added. “My hope is that it will start a positive chain reaction.”


Bentley plans to continue the free makeovers, perhaps as frequently as once a month. To get in touch with him, or to nominate a child, visit facebook.com/alanisboi.


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