Over $16,000 raised for research by North Collins students
North Collins is the smallest school participating, but is always among the leaders in funds raised. The district’s 10-year total is now over $100,000.
It’s not surprising given that the area-wide project began as support for and later a commemoration of North Collins resident Cathy George, who lost her battle with cancer in 2004.
Her brother, Tony, a teacher in the Lakeshore School District, shaved his head in solidarity with his sister and found out students were willing to pay to shave it for him. That was the inspiration for the “Bald For Bucks” program.
Fourth-grade student Robin Hidy brought in the largest single donation of $2,667. And Robin came prepared, her nearly waist-long hair had been formed into three braided ponytails.
She got donations for each “tail,” followed up with a complete head shave. She primarily solicited friends and family for support and gained extra attention when a family friend posted her plan on Facebook. Why did she do it? “I wanted to help save someone’s life” Hidy said.
Fifth-grader Nick Woronowski came in as the second-highest donation recipient with $1,590 raised. For him the cause was much more personal as one of his aunts is currently undergoing cancer treatment.
A bank of chairs was staffed by several young ladies from the high school enrolled in the beautician program at the Carrier center, several community volunteers and Kim Robbins of Kim’s Color and Cuts.
Robbins has two sons enrolled in North Collins Elementary who both agreed to go under the scissors.
She not only helped trim the students, but also set up a donation jar at her salon for her customers to support her boys.