Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Relief: Friendly Competition In Arizona

I really liked reading this story about the Arizona high school principal who has agreed to eat a dozen hot and spicy chicken wings after his students raised a large sum of cash for the relief of Hurricane Katrina's victims. Several teachers will also be acknowledging their students fundraising efforts by making some very personal fashion statements: (emphasis added)
Desert Mountain High School Principal Greg Milbrandt is in the hot seat, and it's all for a good cause.

The Scottsdale principal has agreed to eat 12 blazing-hot chicken wings after students raised $8,000 in two days to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

He will try to down 12 chicken wings in six minutes at 4 p.m. Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings near Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. He can't drink anything to numb the pain, and no ranch dressing or carrot sticks are allowed.

Not to be outdone by the principal, several teachers are joining the challenge.

Laura Geuskens, the school's French teacher, will have her short, blonde hair shaved into a new style on Thursday.

"I've never had a Mohawk before. I'm terrified," she said.

Theater teacher Randy Messersmith and math teacher Philip Compton will get their heads shaved, while math teacher Bret Beckle and science teacher Paul Bursi have agreed to shave their legs.

The fund-raiser was organized by the school's service learning class, a place where students plan and carry out community service on a regular basis. The money is being donated to the American Red Cross.

Teachers say the minor discomfort of having shaved heads and a Mohawk and worth it because the money goes to a good cause.

Geuskens did admit to being nervous about her new look.

When school officials announced that students met the fund-raising goal, "my hands started shaking," she said.
I wouldn't mind watching our district superintendent, Dr. Evil, eating some of those chicken wings myself. And a shaved head wouldn't hurt either.
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