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April 16, 2014

Niskayuna students, staff play a big role in St. Baldrick's success

Students across the district recently lost their hair for a great cause. They participated in the annual St. Baldrick's Day event as "shavees," collecting pledges for shaving their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research. The event was held at Proctor's Theatre on Saturday, April 4.

St. Baldricks' Day festivities at Proctor's raised $87,000 and counting this year. It included more than 200 shavees, and Niskayuna played a big role in the event. Many middle and elementary school students participated, as did modified lacrosse players and various youth basketball team members.

In addition, Van Antwerp English teacher Michael Pletman is on the planning committee for the event. Van Antwerp nurse Carol Werblin served as a nurse for the event at Proctor's and Hillside teacher Wade Fisher organized the bake sale.

St. Baldrick's Day started 14 years ago with one event and 20 shavees and has since grown into a full-fledged international movement. The St. Baldrick's organization reports that since then, it has raised more than $127 million through more than 8,000 head-shaving events.

picture of VA students

Van Antwerp's 6th grade "shavees," pictured with Mr. Pletman, a member of the
local St. Baldrick's event planning committee.