Sometimes, the little things make all the difference; just ask Ashe County High School’s Jennifer Treva.
“We really appreciate Shane inviting us over here for, how many years is this?” said Treva. “Six years,” replied one of Treva’s passing students Luis Macedo without a moment’s hesitation. “Right,” grinned Treva. “Six years.”
Treva, a teacher with Ashe County High School’s Exceptional Children department, sat down with the Jefferson Post during a benefit styling session for her class at Shane Little’s Style Depot in Jefferson Station Thursday morning.
“This benefit is something Suzie Lyall and Shane put together six years ago,” said Treva. “He (Little) invited the class over six years ago, and it’s snowballed since then.”
Treva, who works with her class in an occupational course of study, said her main emphasis is on teaching life skills that will benefit her students down the road.
“It’s everything,” said Treva. “It’s nice to add another place where the kids can interact in a different social setting which, obviously, is crucial. Shane, Trina (Martin), Tiffany (Grubb), and Sunday (Sloan) are great with the students.”
Little, owner of the Style Depot since it’s opening in May of 2005, said he really enjoys having the students around the salon.
“I mean, it’s great to help,” said Little, “but it’s also a fun back and forth with the kids. Some (of the students) love it, and some are hesitant, but it usually turns out to be fun for everybody.”
On cue, one of the students who’d been most hesitant to take on Shane and the styling chair walked over to Treva with a big smile on his face and said, “I love it. It’s great, right?”
Little said the first Thursday of December has become the traditional day for the benefit session.
“We’ve enjoyed them every year,” said Little, “and look forward to seeing them next year.”