PLAISTOW — Joan Marsilia admitted yesterday morning was the most nervous she has ever been going into a haircut.
But after it was complete, the school resource officer was nothing but smiles after getting her head completely shaved.
“I’m on cloud nine right now,” Marsilia said. “This is better than I imagined.”
Marsilia and six male teachers had their heads shaved as part of the Mealey’s Meals fundraiser, which raises money for families in need during the holidays.
The school raised more than $10,000 for the cause through several different fundraisers, but the main event was yesterday.
If the students raised $5,000, Marsilia and the rest of the teachers agreed to get their heads shaved.
The students were a little short leading up to the event, but hundreds of them paid $2 fee to see student-teacher volleyball and basketball games, with the teachers getting their heads shaved in the middle of the event.
“It was fun to see,” senior Billy Joyce said. “It’s great to cheer on our teachers and it’s fun to have something like this right before we leave on break.”
Marsilia received a standing ovation as Tristin Herdt, a Timberlane graduate who is now a hairdresser at the Windham Barber Shop, put the razor to her head.
Marsilia played along with the crowd and raised her arms in the air for students to make more noise.
“I’ve never been so happy to be part of any community,” Marsilia said. “This is my second family. It was great to have the students, teachers, family and my police department behind me and supporting me.”
Police Chief Stephen Savage was at the event. He laughed when asked if he would get his head shaved, too.
“It’s not for me,” he said. “It’s all in the spirit of the Owls.”