Teachers ‘bare their hair’ to raise money for student’s wheelchair

Bookcliff Middle School teachers John Constan, Jared Burek and Jeremiah Baskin had their heads shaved Friday morning to help raise money for student Braden Anderson who is in need of a new wheelchair.



Three teachers at Bookcliff Middle School had their heads shaved in honor of Braden Anderson, a sixth-grade student in need of a new wheelchair.0

The three lucky teachers ran victory laps and gave students high-fives after their fun, sloppy head-shavings during an early-morning assembly Friday morning.

Anderson has cerebral palsy, which confines him to a wheelchair. The chair he currently uses he’s had since kindergarten.

He has since outgrown the chair, which causes him to sit in an incorrect position that places pressure on his internal organs. That could cause permanent damage, said Ruth Beach, a teacher of students with moderate needs at the school.

The sixth-grade teachers started the “Bare the Hair for the Chair” fundraiser to help raise money to buy Anderson a new glow-in-the dark, modern wheelchair. Several teachers volunteered to shave their heads for the good cause.

 


Students and teachers purchased tickets, which were dropped into jars as a way to vote for a particular teacher to “bare the hair.” Selected teachers then got the razor.

“Braden is way cool. He has lots and lots of capabilities, but he has a body that gives him lots and lots of challenges,” Beach said.

She added that it was because of Anderson’s great personality that students at the school went out of their way to help him. Anderson likes to tell jokes and is very communicative and interactive with other students.

“These kids have just really come out to support Braden,” Beach said of the crowd on-hand Friday morning.

The teachers picked were John Constan, Jared Burek and Jeremiah Baskin. The student shavers were selected by random drawing from those that had donated. Overall, the school raised more than $350.

The wheelchair, however, will cost more than $6,000, and insurance will cover half of the total cost. The school is accepting donations from the public to reach their goal. To donate, call Melva Butler at 254-6220.

 


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