WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Students at Bailey Middle School in West Haven have been raising money to help the Sandy Ground Project build a playground in their community in memory of Sandy Hook victim Charlotte Bacon. They raised that money in a unique way.
“I’m shaving Mr. Stevens’ head,” said Juliana Pinto, 7th grade.
Teens at West Haven’s Bailey Middle School have been raising money for the Charlotte Bacon playground being built in their community. And they’ve been doing it by selling raffle tickets for the chance to shave their teachers’ heads.
“I am nervous. I’m a little afraid I’m going to look like Lurch from the “Adams’ Family” when it’s all said and done,” said Greg Heudorfer, teacher, before his shave.
Tuesday morning nervous teachers and eager students came together to mark the culmination of their efforts.
“$1,200 dollars we raised within 3 weeks and that’s why we did it. We wanted to get middle school kids involved and as you know 12 and 13 year-olds they need something unique and this was it. This was our chance to do it so that’s why we decided to do the head shaving today,” said Sheila Krajcir, 7th grade teacher.
“It’s going really well,” said Pinto.
“I feel lighter, I think she did a great job. I don’t know, I haven’t seen it yet. My student, I don’t know if she has a future as a barber but maybe as a landscaper,” said Heudorfer.
While the razor skills are debatable, what’s not is the impact the experience has had on the students.
“How important it is to give back to the community and how it’s nice to do good things that what goes around, comes around,” said David O’Brien, student.
“I think it teaches them to be active, responsible and caring community members and to me that’s a lesson that no standardized test or formative assessment could ever measure,” said Sherry Mitchell, teacher.
And that playground in honor of Charlotte Bacon is scheduled to open on June 14th.