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Going bald for a cause

White Oak students collect $4,026 for victims of Sandy

Published: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 7:00 a.m. CDT
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Mr. DiNello, who stepped in for Ms. Leavitt, took the first swipe out of Principal Christopher Maier’s hair.

In the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt; “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” 

Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at White Oak Elementary School should be full of both joy and thrill after raising as much money as they could to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. 

The competition/fundraiser, known as “Coin Wars” was put on by Principal Christopher Maier. The goal of the competition was to collectively raise as much money as a class as possible in a two-week time span. After the completion of the competition, each classroom would tally the amount of money they raised and attend a school-wide assembly to find out who received the honor of shaving off Mr. Maier’s hair off.

The third-place classroom got to shave away one swipe of hair, the second-place classroom was honored with two swipes and the first-place classroom got to finish the job.

The school-wide assembly took place on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. 

Kidz Bop blared through the speakers, students streamed through the doors and the anticipation grew by the minute. 

Maier informed the student body that through their “extraordinary effort,” they came together to do something special to help alleviate burdens on the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Together, they raised an astounding $4,026.72, all of which was donated to the American Red Cross. 

Coming in third place in “Coin Wars” was Ms. Leavitt’s fifth-grade class with a total of $300.20. Mr. DiNello stepped in during Ms. Leavitt’s absence and took the first swipe right out of the center of Mr. Maier’s head. Miss Dralle’s third-grade class collected $341.46 for second place.  Miss Dralle removed the hair directly above each of Mr. Maier’s ears.

Finally, first place was awarded to Miss Castanier’s fifth-grade class, who raised $585.92. Mr. Maier lost the last of his hair bit by bit to each student in Miss Castanier’s class.

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