UNION — A local English/language arts teacher is now bald after a Relay for Life fundraiser event held Friday.
The Sims Middle School Relay for Life team — headed by team captain and faculty member Jordan Bright — has raised over $2,000 for this year’s Union County Relay for Life. Fundraisers have included the sales of Valentine’s Day candy-grams, a talent show held last week, and a special fundraiser which took place Friday, during a third-nine-weeks good-behavior celebration.
A competition was held among four teachers at Sims Middle School — Bryan Robinson, Bobby Curtis, G.B. McDaniel, and Jake West. Each of the faculty members had a donation bucket to which students donated money. The teacher whose bucket collected the most donations would have to shave his head and/or beard.
Eighth grade English/language arts teacher Jake West’s bucket received the most donations, with a total of $158.70. The total amount raised was $350.11.
While West’s head was being shaved by McDaniel in the SMS gymnasium on Friday, fellow faculty member Mitchell Moss asked West over the P.A. system if he had anything to say to the students.
“Thanks … a lot,” West grinned sarcastically.
Another faculty member offered to donate $100 if Coach McDaniel would shave his beard, and he obliged. McDaniel shaved all but his moustache, and he said throughout the day he had been called everything from a Super Trooper to Freddie Mercury.
This year’s Union County Relay for Life will take place Friday, May 9, at Union County Fairgrounds and will last into the morning of Saturday, May 10.