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Gold hair, shaved heads help Friendship Elementary mark raising $4K for childhood cancer research
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Principal Tracie Brack, center with gold hair, and Darlene Sheridan, second-grade teacher, cut the hair of Danny Waxter, assistant principal, at Friendship Elementary School on Monday. Watching — and also getting his hair cut off — is Brian Johnston, fifth-grade teacher. - photo by RON BRIDGEMAN

A suggestion to help kids with childhood cancer resulted in gold-sprayed hair for the principal at Friendship Elementary School, plus three teachers and an assistant principal who were nearly bald.

The school celebrated raising $4,000 Monday through Coins for a Cure — for childhood cancer research.

The celebration was a raucous hair-cutting and painting.

Tracie Brack, the school’s principal, ended the event with gold hair, thanks to spray paint and help from Brian Johnston, a fifth-grade teacher, and Danny Waxter, assistant principal.

Johnston and Waxter also lost their hair — as did Guy Cassels, who teaches fourth grade, and Scott Weaver, who teaches physical education.

The celebration occurred because Sheena Thomas, who works with special education students at the school, suggested a fundraiser. She said she knows Brecklynn Allgood of Gainesville, who was diagnosed with cancer in November 2015, and suggested the fundraiser.

September was childhood cancer awareness month.

Brack explained the school set up two large buckets to collect change and “just kept collecting.”

She added the school had “spirit week” and collected money.

Andrea Champagne, a physical education parapro, said “character week” included students dressing as their favorite superhero, hat day, “crazy” sock and hair days.

The students raised $2,625. Brack said three staff members made “generous” donations to the cause to meet the goal set for the “haircuts.”

Brack said an additional goal was set for $4,500 — which would have added tutus to the male staff member’s costumes. “There are no tutus involved,” she said.

The hair shaving started — and ended — with Cassels.

“It’s taking a little longer than we thought because Mr. Cassels has a jungle on his head,” Waxter told the students.

Cassels first got a ragged-looking mohawk, and Sheridan went back to him to complete the job.

Wanda Brown, a kindergarten parapro, helped out with the hair cutting, as did Brack. Sheridan wielded the shaver and scissors.

Weaver, the final “shavee,” picked up a tuft of hair from the floor and placed it on the back of his head — covering a balding spot. That was before he lost his hair.

Brack told the students the school had “had a lot of fun,” but she added, “you have done a very good thing.”

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