Plenty of hair hit the floor at Chatfield Elementary School on March 8, with dozens of students going home to their parents bald.
It was all for a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Rock the Bald event, where around 50 students and staff from the school participated. This is the third year they have held this fundraiser. “Raises money for childhood research by doing head-shaving events,” said Robyn Carmine, a second grade teacher at Chatfield Elementary School and a volunteer event organizer.
All of the participants shave their heads for different reasons. “I lost my brother in 2007 to childhood cancer and I’ve met so many children along the way that it just really hits home to me that they need somebody to advocate for them and find better treatments and a cure someday,” said Carmine.
The students want to show their solidarity for children with cancer. “We just want to make those kids that have cancer not feel alone,” said Jazzmyne Breiner, a fourth grade student who has shaved her head for the past three years.
The volunteers raised $6,400 for the March 8 event, which makes the total amount of funds raised over the three years $15,000.