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Dummer teachers get hair clipped to raise funds for childhood cancer research
The cheers of Herman E. Dummer School students filled the school gymnasium on Thursday, chanting, “Let’s go bald!” as resource teacher Pam Hernandez and fifth-grade teacher Amber Harmon lost about 20 inches of hair between them. They were the first to have their heads shaved at the school’s 10th annual St. Baldrick’s event.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to fund research of childhood cancer, most notably through donation drives where participants shave their heads.
“It’s a big deal,” Harmon said. “They [students] need to be reminded how to be kind and empathetic to other people, and this assembly might be a little bit different ... but we really make it hit home for the kids.
“They might not understand, but after the assembly, they really do. They get a good picture of what it’s all truly about.”
In the school’s prior nine years of holding St. Baldrick’s events, more than $161,000 had been raised.
By the time of the event on Thursday, participants had raised more than $21,000.
About 60 students, Harmon, and Hernandez, participated in the shave on Thursday. While most participants represented Dummer, the top earner for the year was seventh grader Melody Goldstein, whose team raised more than $2,000. Goldstein has returned to Dummer every year since the fifth grade, to participate in the shave.
“There are people who have no choice to be bald, but when you shave, you’re kind of supporting them,” she said. “When you shave, you’re saying ‘It’s OK to be bald.’”