LEAGUE CITY, Texas — Four Clear Springs High School teachers were left with very little hair earlier this month as part of the Follicle Frenzy Project, but there was more than $10,000 to help a family in need.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Clear Springs High School Student Council and sponsor Sandi Bicknell set out to create a fundraiser that would aid two local families feeling the financial burdens of fighting cancer.
The student council’s goal was lofty and their means of getting there were unique.
Club members challenged the student body and faculty to donate by promising that for every $500 raised, a teacher on the campus would have their head shaved. The price set on teacher Sandi Bicknell’s hair was $10,000.
“My philosophy is always to ‘Go big or go home,’ but I really never imagined that we would reach the $10,000 mark,” Bicknell said.
Once a particular fundraising level was surpassed, the rules of the game allowed players to opt out of shaving their heads.
However, several male teachers honored Bicknell by buzzing their hair while hers was being cut at the pep rally on Nov. 8. Coaches Aaron Gautney and Alan Bjorkgren and teacher Trent Mayberry sat alongside Bicknell in make-shift barber chairs on the gym floor while professional stylists went to work with clippers.
“I chose to do it because the students at Clear Springs High School really went crazy to help families affected by cancer. Raising $10,000 is not something that happens every day and everyone should feel really good about what they did,” Gautney said.
JSC Credit Union employees showed support for the project by surprising Bicknell with a wig during the rally.