Students, teachers help raise money through facial hair

LAKE PLACID – It’s been a hairy month in Lake Placid.

Lake Placid Middle/High School teachers and students raised close to $800 during the month of November through a Movember fundraiser. Male teachers paid at least $50 to be able to grow beards and mustaches throughout the month, starting on Oct. 22, then shaved off the beards so they only sported mustaches Friday.

Women teachers (and less robust men?) were able to join the fun this week by paying to wear a fuzzy ‘stache replica, and students in both the middle and high school paid $2 to wear fake lip fur.

Movember is an international movement originally started to raise money for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer, but people have started to use the facial-hair-growing craze to raise money for other causes as well. The money raised at the middle/high school this month is set to be donated to the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry. The food pantry will serve hundreds of holiday meals to those in need this holiday season.

English teacher Brenden Gotham said he and Athletic Director Matt Walentuk organized a similar fundraiser last year and raised $500.

Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.