Several of Clinton-Massie Middle School Falcons were looking a little shabby the month of November after deciding to set aside their normal grooming habits to join the ranks of those supporting the “No-Shave November” campaign.
No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.
November No-Shavers grow awareness by embracing their hair — which many cancer patients lose — and letting it grow wild and free. No-Shavers then donate the money they typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, saving lives, and aiding those fighting the battle.
Middle school faculty members Michele Adams, Mike Adams, James Brady, Ashley Cagle, Brooke Curtis, Joe Hollon, Megan Keifer, Sean McGinnis, Mary Rizzardi, Michael Stewart, Jim Wagner, and Jessica Yankel were joined by middle school scholars Abby George, Ella Mefford, and Maliki O’Leary in putting their hair appoints on hold, putting down their razors for 30 days, and donating their monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause.
While the November No-Shavers led the way, members of the middle school student council worked during lunch periods to collect donations while members of the National Junior Honor Society counted up the coins and kept a running total of which No-Shavers raised the most money.
As an incentive to keep the donations coming in, a rally cry upping the ante promised that every No-Shaver receiving donations of at least $50 would receive a pie in the face and slime dump over the head during the Dec. 21 Winter Assembly.
Working together, the students and staff of Clinton-Massie Middle School raised a total of $1,275, which allowed donations of $425 to be made to the Dragonfly Foundation, Pink Ribbon Girls, and Boyd Health Alliance of Clinton County.
While the greater reward of the CMMS No-Shave November campaign was supporting the fight against cancer, bringing on the slime and the pies made the reward even sweeter.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.