In conjunction with celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Creekview Elementary hosted crazy hair day on Thursday.
One particular student at the school, Kasey Peay, has been diagnosed with alopecia areata. Alopecia occurs when the immune system attacks hair follicles, leaving Peay with no hair to participate in the day.
Peay’s teacher grew concerned that he would feel especially left out on this day and worked to ensure that he was included in some way.
Jimmy Parker, after-school specialist at Creekview, dons a bald head and immediately agreed to do something special for Peay. Planning was conducted in secrecy in order to surprise Peay.
Parker, known to the students as Mr. Jimmy, painted the top of his head to resemble a basketball in order to put a smile on Peay’s face and include him in the fun.
“Mr. Jimmy is a great person that cares about all the kids,” Peay’s mother, Adriana Kutkas Peay, stated.