Talk about wearing your school's name on your sleeve, the eighth grade student body officers at Harvest Park Middle School has gone a step—or shoulder—farther.
To generate student action in a magazine sales fundraiser to help pay for school activities and athletics, Associated Student Body President Jordan Nally and his fellow officers agreed to have the initials of the school's name shaved on the back of their heads. The catch was that 6th, 7th and 8th grade students had to raise $20,000, which promised to be a tough challenge in today's economy.
The students responded and the boys followed through, in the end each sporting one of the initials: H-P-M-S. Only Class Secretary Emma Wicks and her long blonde hair was spared as Blake Barkdull, class vice president; Ryan Mahoney, treasurer; and Nate Vickers, sports commissioner, joined Nally for the special trimming in the school's quad as students watched.
Principal Jim Hansen said the students actually sold $40,000 worth of magazine subscriptions in an agreement with the circulation company that Harvest Park could keep half of the funds, or $20,000.
The money will go toward paying for student activities, such as dances and movie nights, and as stipends for coaches and referees at Harvest Park games.