The East Wake High School gym doubled as a barber shop for East Wake staff during halftimes of the girls and boys basketball games against Clayton Friday evening.
Twenty teachers, including all four principals of the small schools at East Wake, agreed to go under the clippers if the student body could raise $500 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps fund research of childhood cancer.
Lane Adams, a junior in the School of Engineering Systems who initiated the event, was pleased to announce more than $2,100 had been raised through the fundraiser, which concluded at the end of the school day on Friday.
“We’ve been working pretty crazily this week so it’s real exciting to see it pay off,” Adams said.
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Of the total amount, $857 came from the students. They saved their best effort for last call, raising more than $350 of their contribution on deadline Friday to ensure all 20 teachers faced a trimming. The rest of the amount came from outside donations from individuals and businesses.
“To me, this means we have a really good school,” Adams said. “All the students raised this money, and all the teachers were willing to participate and cooperate.”
Among the teachers who lost their hair – whether snipped from their heads or faces – was social studies teacher and cross-country coach Mike Costantino.
He became the top target for the fundraiser, because he is popular with the students and because he hadn’t cut his hair since August.
Prior to Friday evening, Costantino described his hair as an all-out Afro. After halftime of the boys basketball game, he paraded in front of the East Wake student section with a close-cut buzz.