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December 5, 2012

Timberlane fundraiser has unusual twist

Officer will shave head if students raise $5,000


The school will hold several raffles and events, with all proceeds going to Mealey’s Meals. Organizers have set a goal for the students to raise more than $10,000 through all the fundraisers by Dec. 21.

The first event will be on Dec. 13 when The Milkmen, the school’s comedy club, will hold a show at the school from 6 to 8 p.m.

“That’s my favorite event each year,” senior Becky Walleston said. “I enjoy watching the show and it gives me a sense of satisfaction to know that we are helping people.”

Walleston said she joined the Students of Service last year after seeing a flier and wanting to get involved with community service. Walleston and her peers rotate sitting at a table in the cafeteria during lunch periods, where they collect donations and inform students about their upcoming programs.

One of the biggest events this year will be a vendor fair on Dec. 16 in the Timberlane cafeteria. More than 30 vendors are participating in the fair . They will sell jewelry, clothing, accessories and much more. All vendors pay a fee to participate, which supports Mealey’s Meals.

All third-period classes are competing to see which class can raise the most money in a coin drive. The class which raises the most money will win a breakfast. The money raised in the coin drive will contribute to the $5,000 needed for Marsilia’s haircut

The basketball game will cap the fundraisers. The entire school will be watching to see if they have raised enough money to shave Marsilia’s head. Students will be able to donate money right up until the time Marsilia approaches the barber’s chair.

“Even if we are short, we are going to ask students to dig in their pockets right then and there,” Marsilia said. “If every student were to donate one dollar at the assembly, that’s about $500 right there.”

In the meantime, Marsilia is trying to convince her fellow officers to join her.

“I’ve already asked Deputy (Chief Kathleen) Jones,” Marsilia said. “She said absolutely not.”

Marsilia said she isn’t nervous as the date approaches and has had full support from her friends, family and colleagues. There is still one person she has hesitated to tell.

“I haven’t told my stylist yet,” Marsilia said. “That will be an interesting conversation.”

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