WARSAW — Students at Edgewood Middle School, Warsaw, gathered in the school’s commons Thursday morning, Oct. 1, to witness something not everyone has the chance to see — DARE officer, Joe Hawn, having his head shaved.
Earlier this year, the school issued a challenge to its students to raise funds to participate in this year’s Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack. Hawn then upped the stakes, saying that if students could raise enough to participate, he would let them choose whether to have his hair dyed or shaved off.
A competition ensued between first and second lunch shifts, to see which could bring in the most money. Overall, students raised $2,783.11, with the first-shift lunch contributing $1,674.07. An anonymous donor and former Edgewood student then matched the overall amount, for a total of $5,566.22 for the Mobile Pack.
“It was very encouraging to see the students give back to somebody else,” event co-coordinator, Jon Hoover, said.
“Also, to teach them, giving can be fun,” co-coordinator, Elizabeth Fisher, said. “They weren’t just thinking, ‘that’s money I can use on myself.'”
Hawn’s daughter, Meghan Hawn of Today’s Headlines, Warsaw, did the honors of shaving her dad’s head while students looked on, laughed and captured the moment on their iPads.
After all was said and done, Hawn commented on his new hairdo — or lack thereof.
“I can’t wait until it grows back,” he said. “I’ve been nervous about this since they chose to do it yesterday.”