AVON LAKE — Students at Learwood Middle School saw their teachers and staff members in a different light — with full beards — as part of a No Shave November fundraising campaign.
Superintendent Robert Scott said the event was a unique way to raise money for charity. Students raised $1,252.79 by donating money to the faculty member who sported the best facial hair.
“The kids loved it. They thought it was hilarious,” Scott said. “Some of (the beards) were funnier than others.”
Several teachers and staff members participated in No Shave November by growing out their facial hair for three weeks, but math teacher Rob Rocco took the award for the best beard. He received approximately $480 for his “beard growth,” according the school.
As a reward, Rocco chose the charity of his choice — Community Resource Services — to receive the money donated by the students.
Community Resource Services is a social services agency that serves Avon and Avon Lake by providing food and financial assistance to those in need, according to the organization’s website.
Scott said the district would consider holding a similar fundraising challenge next November.
“We’re always looking at ways the kids can understand giving back to the community, and this was one way,” he said.
Learwood Middle School Principal Vishtasp Nuggud said most staff members made sure to shave prior to Thanksgiving, but Scott said Assistant Principal Brad Cocco liked his look.
“I just saw Mr. Cocco today, and he did not shave his off,” he said, laughing. “But it is wintertime.”