Cutting hair to fund raise against cancer at Snohomish High School
SNOHOMISH - Students, teachers and others rallied with senior government teacher Tuck Gionet to shed some locks to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Through the month of March, Cut it to Cure will do haircuts during Snohomish High’s lunch periods to support the American Cancer Society in an effort to raise awareness and have some fun. The goal is to raise a total of $2,500, and so far as of late last week they’ve raised $1,881.
If the school is able to reach that goal, history and English teacher Amanda Cote has pledged to shave her whole head of hair for the cause.
Photo Melanie Crowson
Superintendent Bill Mester (left) shares a laugh with teacher Tuck Gionet (right) as they get their hair cut for Cut it to Cure.
The event kicked off at the first lunch on March 10, with Gionet and superintendent Bill Mester taking the hot seats while seniors and professional stylist Hannah McIntyre waited with clippers.
“I volunteered!” Mester plead to the crowd.
The cutting and clipping commenced, and the room erupted in cheers and laughter from the students.
McIntyre, a professional hair stylist and SHS class of 2012 graduate, clipped Mester’s hair while senior Osiel Ramirez cut Gionet’s.
“I had the utmost faith in Osiel,” Gionet said later of the hair-cutting experience.
The efforts raised $800 on its first day, district spokeswoman Kristin Foley said.
Gionet and others began organizing the event a few weeks ago.
“Tuck is a great personality in our school, the kids really rally around
him,” said principal Beth Porter. “So he’s using his experience with this and to raise money for a good cause.”
Gionet, the well-loved teacher and track coach, was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer last October.
This is the first of a few events in which Gionet plans to commit funds to American Cancer Society this school year.
“We will be cutting hair all through the month of March for those interested,” Gionet said. “Anybody can make a donation via the school.”
The next major event Gionet will lead in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society while promoting school spirit will be April 19 at the Eason Invitational track meet.
How to donate
To donate money, checks should be made out to the American Cancer Society. You can mail them to Snohomish High School (c/o Tuck Gionet), 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish, WA 98290.
To come for a haircut, call the school at 360-563-4000.
Photo Melanie Crowson
Senior Zach Rich gets his hair cut by Tuck Gionet
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