Male staff at L’Anse Creuse North and L'Anse Creuse High School skipped shaving during the month of November and raised well over $4,000 for the L’Anse Creuse Foundation and the Link Crew program at their schools.
Students donated in the name of their favorite hairy teacher, while other staff helped raise money for the best-loved beard. It was the first time the two schools have participated in this bewhiskered fundraiser.
The L’Anse Creuse Foundation will be using the funds to help with teacher grants for special projects and for student scholarships. Link Crew is a freshman transitions program that helps incoming 8th graders succeed as first year students in the high schools.
At L’Anse Creuse North in Macomb Township, 12 men grew beards including teacher Jim Ekdahl, who said it was the first time he’d ever sprouted that type of facial hair. “It doesn't really take that much work, it's just strange getting used to it. I've had many staff members say that I look better with a beard and that I should keep it,” Ekdahl said.
L’Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Township had 17 male staff members participated including teachers, the deputy, and dean of students.
Ladies at both schools served as “beard coaches” and raised additional funds.
At L’Anse Creuse North, the competition ended when the best bearded man received a trophy that was sprouting it’s own knitted ZZ Top. “It's a pretty big incentive to want to win,” Ekdahl said.