Palisade High School students promote hair-raising fundraiser

Palisade High School students have plenty of reasons to raise money for a scholarship fund and an annual party to celebrate student participation in school activities.

Among those reasons are seeing their principal shaved bald and watching a teacher get a mullet.

For the second consecutive year, teachers and administrators at the school have volunteered to get their hair cut or shaved in front of the student body if students reach fundraising goals for the Gabe Hellmann Scholarship Fund and the PACK Program, which stands for Perseverance, Attitude, Character, and Knowledge.

Money raised through 
Dec. 2 will be split evenly between PACK’s budget for the year-end party thrown by the program, which encourages student participation in athletic and other events, and the scholarship fund, which benefits two graduating seniors each year and is named after a former Palisade High student who drowned in the summer of 2011 at age 17.

Fundraising has already reached about $900, according to Palisade math teacher Aaron Howard.

Howard and fellow teacher Glenn Fitzgibbons will get their hair cut into “Mr. T”-style mohawks because students went over the $500 mark.

If they raise $1,000, teacher Timothy Reetz will get his hair styled into a mullet hairdo, while $1,500 will mean Principal Matt Diers will get his head shaved.

Two thousand dollars will make Palisade teacher Scott Vogt shave his beard for the first time in decades.

Howard said he’s not worried about getting a new hairstyle, especially for a good cause.

“It’s hair. It’ll grow back,” he said.

Anyone who wants to contribute can contact the school at 254-4800.


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