Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of December 6, 1999
A close shave for principal
By ANH HOANG
WCR Staff Writer
Gordon Harris, principal of Elizabeth Seton Junior High School received a haircut worth more than $2,000 two weeks ago. It's starting to grow back now, but all he can do is smile when he thinks how it all came about.
Harris was one of eight staff members at Elizabeth Seton who shaved their heads after the school collected 1.5 tonnes of pennies for the Kids Care Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the Catholic Social Services Sign of Hope campaign.
"I've been reconciled to having very little hair for awhile now," joked Harris referring to his thinning hair.
Asked if he would volunteer to model the bald look again at next year's challenge, he laughed and said, "We'll see."
Two staff members at St. Edmund's School also shaved their heads after the fundraiser.
Elizabeth Seton and St. Edmund's were two of seven local junior high schools that participated in the annual challenge. Students and teachers were on hand at St. Peter's Adult Education Centre, Nov. 30, for a cheque presentation ceremony.
This year, through various events including bake sales and raffles, the schools raised $9,271. The money will be added to the more than $700,000 the campaign has already raised.
This year's goal is more than $1.3 million. The Sign of Hope campaign raises funds for 119 programs offered by Catholic Social Services.