Shear generosity: Teens have their heads shaved for a good cause in Grayslake

  • Carlos Taquez shaves the head of Elias Rivas, 13, on Thursday during Grayslake Middle School's sixth annual Cut & Shave fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

      Carlos Taquez shaves the head of Elias Rivas, 13, on Thursday during Grayslake Middle School's sixth annual Cut & Shave fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • 13-year-old Mariana Barroso, right, explodes in laughter Thursday after being shown a picture of her shaved head by 13-year-old Santiago Tellez during Grayslake Middle School's sixth annual Cut & Shave fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation supporting childhood cancer research.

      13-year-old Mariana Barroso, right, explodes in laughter Thursday after being shown a picture of her shaved head by 13-year-old Santiago Tellez during Grayslake Middle School's sixth annual Cut & Shave fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation supporting childhood cancer research. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Students react as classmates have their heads shaved Thursday during Grayslake Middle School's sixth annual Cut & Shave fFundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

      Students react as classmates have their heads shaved Thursday during Grayslake Middle School's sixth annual Cut & Shave fFundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Students take pictures of friends having their heads shaved Thursday at Grayslake Middle School.

      Students take pictures of friends having their heads shaved Thursday at Grayslake Middle School. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Mariana Barroso, 13, right, runs to friends after getting her head shaved as Grayslake Middle School held its sixth annual Cut & Shave fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

      Mariana Barroso, 13, right, runs to friends after getting her head shaved as Grayslake Middle School held its sixth annual Cut & Shave fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 4/19/2019 6:41 AM

The Grayslake Middle School gymnasium was packed Thursday as students and staff members cheered on teens who volunteered to have their heads shaved for a good cause.

The sixth annual Cut & Shave fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation featured six stylists from area salons who volunteered their time to shave the heads of 25 students during the in-school assembly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The hair of students with at least 8 inches to donate was sent to Children with Hair Loss, which makes wigs for childhood cancer victims.

"It's a good way to see how they (students) can give back to a bigger purpose in a very easy fun way," said Grayslake Middle School teacher Amy Corey, who helped organize the event.

To date, Grayslake Middle School has raised close to $115,000 through its St. Baldrick's events.

"We hope to reach $130,000 this year," Principal Marcus Smith said.

The school also held a raffle to help raise funds in the fight against childhood cancers.

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