The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

February 27, 2013

Pink Wig Shows Stance Against Bullies

DANVILLE — DANVILLE – What did Matt Bloom think about his students singling him out to wear a pink wig and dye his beard pink?

“It was fun,” said Bloom, who teaches English at Danville High School. He was chosen by his students to wear the wig and dye as part of “Pink Shirt Day” on Feb. 27, which raises awareness of bullying.

“I’m just happy to support the kids,” he said. “A couple laughs at my expense, it’s definitely worth it for the kids.”

This is the first year for the pink wig project, which saw students donating $134 to see one of 12 teachers or staff, including Gurski, to don the pink wig. Bloom was the winner by a landslide, with $61 collected towards his name.

All the funds will go towards Bloomsburg University’s Task Force on Racial Equality.

Bloom said what was most important was showing the students how the district feels about bullying. “I was very happy to participate in the event and amidst the chuckles from the kids to get the message out to the students where we stand as a faculty, district and community on the subject,” he said.

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