About 40 Grayslake Middle School students and 10 staff and community members volunteered to have their heads shaved Thursday to raise money for the St. Baldricks Foundation to fight cancer.
Participants were required to raise at least $35 to participate.
During an assembly, four stylists from Legacy salon.spa in Round Lake Beach shaved the heads of participants. The event featured an emotional speech by eighth-grader Adrian Salavador about his battle with a cancerous tumor in his neck.
"This is bigger than I thought it would be," Principal Marcus Smith said, adding the school raised nearly $6,000. "This is the picture of donation, but the main point is giving back."
He said he wants to expand the event to include the community.
"We have big ideas for the future," Smith said. "Not just to bring our student community together, but to bring Grayslake together."
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. To learn more, visit: www.stbaldricks.org