St. Fran­cis shaves for a good cause

The Compass - - OPINION - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY NICHOLASMERCER

The gym­na­sium at St. Fran­cis in Har­bour Grace was a hive of en­ergy this af­ter­noon (April 16) as a group of stu­dents and teach­ers shaved their heads for a good cause. The Shave for the Brave is an an­nual event that raises thou­sands of dol­lars in aid of cancer re­search. As stu­dents filed into the gym, it was pos­si­ble to feel the en­ergy level ris­ing as grade af­ter grade took their seats. Slowly, a ‘Shave’ chant started to grow un­til it en­com­passed the en­tire space. There were 17 stu­dents and four teach­ers in­volved in the event. Two fe­male stu­dents do­nated 10-inches of hair to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The loud­est cheer came when school prin­ci­pal Gary Bar­rett took his seat and awaited the sil­ver clip­pers of his wife Kelly. As each lock of his brown hair waifted to the floor, the stu­dent body cheered louder and louder. At the end of the event, it was an­nounced the school had raised over $6,000. The Com­pass was there and took these shots.

St. Fran­cis Prin­ci­pal Gary Bar­rett (cen­tre) and the rest of the stu­dent body held a Shave for the Brave event on April 16.

Steven Ho­gan (left) and Lu­cas Baker show off their yel­low toques.

Ni­cholas Bar­rett, the son of prin­ci­pal Gary Bar­rett, helped clear away the dis­garded hair

Mitchell Peach works on get­ting his head shaved.

Teacher Paul Sul­li­van (right) flashes a ner­vous smile just be­fore get­ting his head shaved. Shaver Kelly Bar­rett is also in the pic­ture.

Prin­ci­pal Gary Bar­rett (cen­tre) poses for a pic­ture with his wife Kelly and son Ni­cholas af­ter hav­ing his head shaved.

Stu­dent Jef­frey Cole (right) and teacher Leo Mackey (left) get their heads shaved by a pair of stylists.

Stylist Jennifer White (left) cuts a swath of hair from the head of Emily Galway.

Ha­ley Mae Dawe (left) and Melissa Mur­phy do­nated 10 inches of hair each.

Stu­dent Daniel LeBlanc in the midst of los­ing his hair.

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