Food drive puts teachers’ hair on the line

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A non-perishable food drive started at Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School puts a few of the teachers in a hairy situation.

The drive was started by agriculture teacher Kyle Norman, who wanted to do something to give back at Christmas.

To increase the number of donations, student Nathan McClelland came up with an idea.

“I said might as well give some kids a little bit of an incentive and everybody likes to pick on Holt, so I figured why not shave his beard and head,” McClelland said.

When teacher Matt Holt agreed to participate, a few other teachers joined in too.

“We’ve ranked beards at a certain item level, with so many items, his beard goes, and so many items and my beard goes,” teacher Justin Parson said.

In total, teachers Kyle Norman, Shawn Smith, Matt Holt and Justin Parson joined, along with two students, all willing to risk their hair to help students in the school’s backpack food program.

“I know here at the high school there’s 20 some families, and over at the elementary school they have even more over there,” Norman said. “So everything stays very hyper-local and everything gets distributed to the kids that are in need.”

Food is distributed to students in need before the go home for the weekend.

They’re collecting items like canned goods and other non-perishables, as long as it’s not in a glass container. They’ll accept hygiene products as well.

While these teachers may have to part with their hair, they know it’s for a good cause.

“It’s all in fun and all in the spirit of giving, so that’s a pretty important thing to show the kids and beards really aren’t that important when it comes down to it,” Parson said.

“Whatever gets the food into the backpacks program, we’re happy to help,” teacher Shawn Smith said.

They have to collect 1,500 cans in order to shave all the heads and beards participating.

Canned goods will be collected until December 21. Anyone wishing to donate can drop food off at the high school.

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