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Bruins shaving heads for AIDS

Monday, October 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:54 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

At Rock Bridge High School, students are trying to create awareness of global issues by shaving a teacher’s head.

In its first year at Rock Bridge, the Global Issues Club is trying to raise $5,000 for organizations fighting the AIDS epidemic.

Based on how much money is raised, certain teachers, administrators and students will shave or dye their hair. If the club meets its goal, Bruce Brotzman, the principal, and Glenn Pickett, an environmental science teacher, will shave their heads at Friday’s homecoming assembly. So will Katie Sadowski, a member of the club and the only female who has signed up for the head shaving.

The club members will set up a booth in the school encouraging students and teachers to donate money, said Lacey Phillips, the chairwoman of in-school publicity. She said the club will give ribbons to those who donate for recognition.

Club sponsor Matt Cone said money isn’t what is important in the long run.

“We are trying to stir people,” he said. Cone says he wants students to convert their concerns into political action. He said he believes if people are aware of the severity of the epidemic, they will do something to help.

“It’s becoming an issue because of people like you,” Cone told his students at a club meeting. “We are going to really shock this campus.”

Phillips and club members put signs next to clocks in classrooms that say someone dies of AIDS every 13 seconds. Faeza Khan said the club is trying to reach out to the community as well as Rock Bridge. Students have gone to sporting events, local businesses and churches to give out information and ask for donations.

Khan said club members have plans to call legislators and ask them to make AIDS a priority.

Cone said four seniors came up with the idea for the

club last year. Many members joined because they knew Cone or were involved in the Model U.N. club. Phillips and Khan said Cone is knowledgeable and passionate.

The group’s first fund-raiser is for The Global Fund, an organization working to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and for Mothers to Mothers to Be, an organization that helps mothers prevent passing the AIDS virus to their children.

To donate or for more information about the club, e-mail Cone at mcone@columbia.k12.mo.us.


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