Hair today, gone tomorrow — that was the case for five teachers and 15 students at La Cañada High School Monday afternoon, who went under the razor for a worthy cause.
Members of the Bridge Program, an on-campus peer counseling group, held a head-shaving event to raise funds for pediatric cancer research through the nonprofit St. Baldrick's Foundation.
In front of the North gym, students set up four chairs on a white drop cloth, each with its own electric razor. Social studies teacher and Bridge adviser Gavin Williams welcomed the crowd.
"Children who have cancer, who have to deal with chemotherapy, they don't get to choose how they look, but we do," Williams said, inviting students to the makeshift stage. "They felt it was important to show their empathy and say, 'You're not alone.'"
LCHS Principal Ian McFeat was the opening act. Slowly, carefully, the principal's 'do was coiffed into a sort-of Mohawk before being completely removed. Students in adjacent seats grimaced in mock terror as the razor tore through tufts and curls, leaving fuzz in its wake.