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Food drive turns into 'hair-raising' experience at Mt. Vernon Jr. High

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After all, there's a very good reason that hair is coming off. After all, there's a very good reason that hair is coming off.
MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE) -

More than 5,500 pounds of food was collected in Posey County, and this successful food drive celebrated Thursday, in a hair-raising manner.

At the assembly, there was no team being honored or contest to win. Just an entire school, cheering on a few brave souls.

"They're going to get their heads shaved and they're going to be freezing cold," said student Devion Toliver.

"It's going to be really hilarious seeing them with like no hair at all," said student Wyatt Salaman.

One of the soon-to-be victims, Mt. Vernon's Superintendent, Dr. Tom Kopatich.

"This would be one of the haircuts if I was in junior high dating a girl she'd break up with me probably because of a bad haircut," Kopatich said.

After all, there's a very good reason that hair is coming off.

"We made a challenge that if they received, brought in 6,000 cans we would go ahead and get our haircuts," said Kopatich.

That was apparently pretty good motivation, because the students crushed that goal, finishing with 7,500 items.

Almost twice as many as last year, and enough to fill an entire school bus with some left over.

All of it is headed to the Mt. Vernon food pantry.

"I think we all feel like really great, excited and happy about this, that we actually did this," said MVJHS Student Council member Riley Hollinger.

"What our goal for Mt. Vernon Junior High is to give all through the year, it's not just at Christmas that we're going to try to do this," said Student Council President Adam Duckworth.

And as long as the good works keep coming, the educators are happy, or at least willing, to let loose, show off a few moves, and embrace a new look, just in time for Christmas.

"I don't know if it's going to be cooler or warmer but without a little bit of hair, I'll gladly sacrifice that for what we accomplished," said Teacher Tim Alcorn.

District wide, the superintendent says they're hoping to top the 10,000 mark with donated food items.

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