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A promise made to students by two teachers at Bayridge Elementary has left their heads a little colder this fall – but it was all in the name of charity.
The Surrey school had initially made a fundraising goal of $1,000 for this year's Terry Fox Run. With that goal met in just a few days, a new "challenge" goal of $2,000 was set. Teachers Simon Murti and Shelly Kent-Snowsell vowed if the second benchmark was reached, they would shave their heads.
At a special assembly on Sept. 27, students gathered for an assembly in the gymnasium, waiting to hear how much they had raised.
After a suspenseful countdown, the $3, 837.76 total was revealed and the students burst into a loud, collective cheer, knowing their teachers would have to face the shears.
"I kept the entire school in suspense because I wanted a grand reveal and a genuine surprise reaction," said Grade 7 teacher Simon Murti. "It worked!"
Murti went first, tufts of his black hair falling to the floor as students chanted for him to shave his beard also.
"The beard was $10,000 – we didn't hit that goal," Murti joked, as the hairdresser swept his smooth head clean.
Shelly Kent-Snowsell, a kindergarten/Grade 1 teacher, went next, wide-eyed as her long locks got shorter and shorter.
Murti said he was inspired by a cancer-surviving student many years ago to support Fox's cause. Kent-Snowsell, a cancer survivor herself, didn't hesitate to volunteer when she heard about the head-shave plan.
Funds raised will support cancer research.