FORESTVILLE - Forestville Elementary students stepped up to the chair Thursday to have their hair shaved as part of the Second Annual Bald for Bucks fund raiser.
This is the second year that the event to raise money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and other Make a Difference Day selected charities has been hosted at Forestville Schools.
In addition to Bald for Bucks several girls, teachers and staff also donated their hair in the sixth year of Lock of Love.
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Second-grader Joey Yeager loses some of his pink hair, assisted by teacher Gary Worosz.
In total, 37 students kindergarten through grade six stepped forward so that local hairstylists, teachers and those familiar with the clippers could take inches off their locks or just be shaved altogether.
A gymnasium full of elementary school students cheered their class mates on as hair fell to the floor in clumps.
The students collected donations for losing their hair to support those with cancer. This year the total soared to $4,838.30 raised.
"The money just keeps coming in," Make a Difference Day Organizer and Remedial Reading Teacher Carol McPeak-McDonald said.
The top earners were Rene Leone and Dylan Price with $255 each, Cole Lycett and fifth-grade teacher Mr. Jackson with $340 apiece and Alison Mierzwa with grand total of $501.
The top Locks of Love fundraisers were Julia Kaicher with $115, Paige Whitehall with $130 and Lili Botticelli with $250.
After all the participating students were trimmed down and a few pounds of hair lighter, many said they liked the feeling and would do it again.
Three of the girls who lost their long locks, sixth-grader Sierra and fourth-graders Chloe and Clare, said it felt great to be bald and they would do it again next year.
This is the 20th year that Forestville is celebrating Make a Difference Day with volunteer and fund-raising events. Over the past 19 years the school has raise almost $50,000 for charity. This year the goal is set at $10,000 to benefit the Roswell Park Pediatric Unit, Forestville Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry, ALS Research (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Multiple Sclerosis, Juvenile Diabetes, and the Lakeshore Humane Society.