October 29, 2021 1:59 PM
The Hillside School at Kettle and Stony Point First Nation was buzzing at noon Friday.
Kindergarten teacher assistant Kim George had her thick, long, curly locks cut, fulfilling a promise she made if the school reached $ 3,000 in pledges for the Terry Fox Foundation.
“We were trying to find a way to bring the community together and get the kids going to raise money and try to teach them to go out and do something for the greater good,” said George. “Almost everyone knows someone who has died, is surviving, or is currently living with cancer.”
The school had never raised more than $ 800, so George decided it was time to raise the stake.
“I told the grade 3 class [my plan] first. This was the first class I went to to talk about Terry Fox. I had set the goal at $ 2,500 and they said no we can make $ 3,000 and the kids went crazy! One child raised over $ 300.
George said it didn’t take long for the news to spread throughout the community.
“We had parents who would go to their jobs and say ‘you have to sponsor my child, because we have somebody who wants to shave their head’ and it was really cool to see that everyone was supporting and doing all they could. make sure we were gonna succeed and get that $ 3,000.
George said she wanted to honor her husband’s mother, who died of cancer, and a close family friend, who recently battled stage 4 cancer.
“I wanted to do something that could help recognize that I care about myself and that we are all in the same boat. She was just healed of cancer a few weeks ago, so that’s something to celebrate.
Of course, George admitted to being nervous.
“Absolutely, but I’m also so proud of the kids that they actually did it. I love this community and I love being a part of this community and it’s worth it.
George’s haircut was broadcast live on the Hillside School Facebook page.