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Shave to Save the Philippines

Freshman Amelya Staiano and Coach Eric Rees before and during the "Shave To Save" event held at Winterfest.

In early November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in Southeast Asia. Haiyan is the strongest storm recorded to make landfall, and CNN reports it resulted in billions of dollars in damage and the deaths of over 6,000 people, with nearly 1,800 still missing.

In response to the disaster, Parkwood’s Rebelution, a student organization dedicated to sending aid to countries in need, and student body teamed up to contribute to the recovery of the Philippines. Through several fundraisers, the Parkwood student body was able to raise money for the effort.

One such fundraiser, planned by English teacher Megan Clement, was called Shave to Save the Philippines, in which four teachers and four students-one from each grade level-volunteered to shave their heads if they raised the most money. During lunches, students were able to place money in bins labeled with each "contestant's" name  to decide who would shave his or her head.

Freshman Amelya Staiano and Coach Eric Rees were the two winners. “I thought it was a really neat idea for a fundraiser, and I really enjoyed doing it,” said Staiano. The money raised by Parkwood will go through the American Red Cross to the Philippines to help the nation rebuild.

Written by: Ashlynn Jones, 12th grade student
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 by Regina Snelson

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