By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — DANVILLE – High school students have raised over $100 to dress a teacher of their choice in a pink wig.
The public pink-ing is part of Feb. 27’s “Pink Shirt Day,” an anti-bullying event recognized by numerous schools across the nation. Other countries, such as New Zealand and Canada, also celebrate Pink Shirt Day during different months of the school year.
“We decided to do something a little different,” said Stephenie Butler, a guidance counselor at Danville High School and advisor for anti-bully group SUSOBO. Money was collected during the lunch periods from Feb. 18 to Feb. 22.
In total, about $131 was donated by students hoping to see one of 12 teachers or staff members don a pink wig. “I was very surprised we got that much,” said Butler, considering the fundraiser was only prepared about a month ago.
The winner, by a landslide, was English teacher Matthew Bloom. Students pitched in $61, almost half of the fundraiser’s total, to see him not only wear the wig but have his beard and eyebrows dyed pink. One gracious student donated $20 towards Bloom, said Butler. “The kids really wanted him to win this.”