Students and Staff at the Sussex County Charter School for Technology Cut Their Hair and Raise Money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Approximately 26 middle school students and 3 staff members at the Sussex County Charter School for Technology cut their hair to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for childhood cancer research.

Staff and students have been raising money and took turns having their hair cut by a professional barber at an event called “St. Baldrick’s Day,” which took place at an assembly at the school on Friday, March 28, 2014. The students who raised the most money for the cause had the chance to color and cut the Vice Principal’s hair and beard at the end of the event.

According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website, “more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.” The website also says that the St. Baldrick's Foundation “funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government” by coordinating head shaving events and other fundraisers.

“For the fourth consecutive year, staff and students at the Sussex County Charter School have been committed to doing their part to fight childhood cancer,” said Jim Baldini, Administrative Vice Principal, Sussex County Charter School for Technology. “We plan to continue to shave our heads and stand in solidarity with cancer patients throughout Sussex County and beyond who are undergoing treatment. We are thrilled that we raised more than $4,000 for this very important cause and we are proud that we did it together as a caring school community.”

The Sussex County Charter School for Technology is an innovative public school of choice, aligned with Common Core State Standards and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, serving middle school students in the county and surrounding areas. The school’s focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math promotes active learning and embraces multiple learning needs and styles in a challenging environment. The interactive learning community encourages every student to grow academically, socially, and emotionally into responsible individuals who are ready to make a successful transition into high school and beyond.