Third St. Baldrick's Day fun and successful

MANCHESTER — Manchester Elementary Middle School. came together with the community for its third St. Baldrick's Day on June 9.

A total of 48 people cut their hair or shaved their head to do something to bring awareness to cancer. A total of 8 students kindly donated 8 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to create wigs, free of charge, for women undergoing treatment for cancer. They were followed by 41 members of the community who stepped forth to "Brave the Shave." Shavees raised money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization that raises money for childhood cancer research.

Those shaved included students and staff from MEMS and Burr & Burton Academy and community members, including an officer from the Manchester Police Department. The event ended with five surprise shavees who were inspired, including two more members of the police department, and the mother of a shavee.

Several shavees were deemed "Squires of Hope" as this was their third year being involved. Many of the shavees had enough hair to donate 8 inches or more to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, as well. Several families shaved their heads together, making the event even more meaningful.

Volunteer stylists generously donated their time to shave heads amidst a cheering, supportive crowd who listened as each shavee stepped forward with their compassionate reason for participating. The total donation to the St. Baldrick's Foundation was more than $14,000. Third grader Ella Cocheo was named top donor, raising $1,200. This was a meaningful and successful event that included community members from all grade levels and ages, life experiences, with the passion to help. Organizers of the effort encourage giving an extra smile to those you see around town that have a shaved head and a big heart.

A huge thank you to our "Squire Stylists" from the Green Door Day Salon who have donated their time for the past three years. Thanks to the returning and new stylists from American Hairlines, Ted's Barber Shop, SportClips in Rutland, Dorset Salon, and Bennington stylist Kristen Towslee. A hearty thank you to the Vermont Country Store and R.K. Miles for donating sunscreen to all of our shavees. Thank you to the MEMS PTO for providing volunteers to make the event run smoothly and for the dedicated coverage by GNAT, the Bennington Banner, and the Manchester Journal.


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