Dryden 8th graders Ashley Hickmott, and Jenna Peters and 7th graders Destiny Ellis and Megan Larkin show off their new look at the 'Shave for the Brave' fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation held at the school.
May 16, 2018DRYDEN — Some people "wear their hearts on their sleeve," but at Dryden Jr./Sr. High School, you could say it's visible a little higher up.
Last week, some 15 students—male and female—had their heads shaved in an effort to end childhood cancer.
For the second year in a row, members of the school's Student Council hosted 'Shave for the Brave' for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
The volunteer-powered Foundation's aim is to provide research funds to give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.
Dryden youths raised just under $4,500 toward the cause.
Student Council member Carl Austin Miller Grondin says it took a lot of organizing and advertising to create such a successful event, but the most difficult task didn't involve spreading the word.
"The hardest thing to do was to find the shavees," he says.
Once they were found, however, their brave spirit spread.
Four girls decided to take the plunge and have their locks shorn to help their peers. Eighth graders Ashley Hickmott and Jenna Peters, and seventh graders Destiny Ellis and Megan Larkin stepped outside of the box—and perhaps their comfort zones—to take part in the event.
"One of the girls did it because her mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer, and the other three also dealt with family members having cancer in the past," Grondin says. "It was pretty amazing."
With an eye toward a career in law and philanthropy, Grondin says organizing the 'Shave for the Brave' event was enlightening.
"This was a really great learning experience seeing what goes on in a nonprofit, and how much work is done by the people who bring things together," he says.
Grondin credits the team of enthusiastic volunteers, student council members and school staff for creating such a successful event.
"Without those who stepped up, and our principal (Mary Finnigan), who is the most amazing person I ever met, this wouldn't have happened," he says.
Local hair specialists Carl Grondin, Jr., Christopher Schenkel, Sr. and Kelly Schenkel volunteered their time and talent to shave heads.
To make a donation to Dryden's 'Shave for the Brave' event, visit stbaldricks.org/events/dryden2018 or call the school at 810-796-2266.
Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.