Students gets their locks cropped in support of IWK

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE - Some students and teachers at Athena Consolidated School are hoping winter doesn't last much longer.
There will be some cold heads if it does.

The Athena Consolidated male students may have needed some toques as they eagerly waited to see two of their teachers and two female students go under the barbers razor. Stephen Brun/Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE - Some students and teachers at Athena Consolidated School are hoping winter doesn't last much longer.
There will be some cold heads if it does.
Twenty students and two teachers shaved their heads bald on Friday as part of a fundraiser for cancer patients at the IWK Health Centre.
"It feels kind of funny, like there's a breeze," said Grade 9 student Myranda Millett, one of two girls to be shorn. "I'm proud of myself because I did it for a good cause. My grandmother has cancer so I did it for her."
The school called the event "St. Shaverick's Day." Most of the student body wore green and cheered as Monica Matthew and Stephanie DesRoches of First Choice Haircutters performed shearing duties.
Grade 8 student Amanda Doucette had her blonde locks clipped off at the same time as her friend, Myranda.
The pair raised about $200 together for the IWK.
There were some tears from both girls after the final hair hit the gymnasium floor, but Myranda agreed it takes a good friend to agree to copy the new hairstyle.
"We'll be wearing lots of hats," she said. "Amanda thinks we're going to have it all back by July."
The school's athletic director C.J. Studer and his colleague Jeff Richard took the challenge to an extra step. Each teacher grew beards that were shaved off along with the rest of their hair.
To the delight of the crowd, school president Elliott Campbell sported the "Friar Tuck" look for a few moments - bald on top, with a ring of shaggy hair around the sides and back.
Campbell said he doesn't care what his head looks like, as long as it helps people with cancer.
"It's my second year doing this and it feels great to be able to do it for a good cause. I asked relatives and I got a corporate sponsorship from McCain, so I raised up to $200," he said. "My hair grew back pretty fast (after the last time), but I'm not going to miss it too much."
The school is hoping to raise at least $2,000 for the IWK.

sbrun@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Athena Consolidated School, IWK Health Centre

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE

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