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MACC Fund Wins as Shorewood School District Students, Faculty Get 'Buzz Cuts'

Shorewood schools continued their hair-cutting-for-charity tradition Wednesday with events at Atwater Elementary and Shorewood High School.

Shorewood schools continued their tradition Wednesday with the shaving of dozens of heads in the name of ending childhood cancer, during an annual event that typifies the community and its residents. 

Students, staff and administrators at and took part in the fourth annual Buzz Cuts for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund event, raising money through pledges for the local non-profit. 

"I really wanted to support the cause and I really thought cutting my hair would make a statement. It was just to support the cause and do something wild and different," said Ellie Wells, a high school sophomore who had hair down to her shoulders before the afternoon event at the high school. 

Wells raised $120 from friends, family and businesses who pledged money for her to get her hair chopped. Now she has "almost nothing there." 

"It's a little bit weird right now because it feels so different," she said. 

The Buzz Cuts event got started at Atwater where students raised more than $2,000. For their charitable work, they got to watch principal Tim Kenney get his head shaved. 

But before sitting in the chair in the center of the cafeteria, Kenney reminded students and staff that Atwater has experienced its share of tragedies due to cancer. The school lost a kindergartener to cancer and a mother of two students lost her battle with cancer, both two years ago. 

"It is something that is real, it is something that is among us," Kenney said, voice cracking slightly as he addressed the student body. "We are doing this for people that we see every day. But we are also doing this for people we may never know. 

Kenney, who wore a shirt with a photograph on the front of his late brother-in-law, who had cancer, read a warning letter to the students that he wrote to cancer.    

"Dear cancer, I want to let you know something, you lose," he read. "You will never take away the memories, the hope, the determination to challenge your existence." 

About an hour later, Shorewood High School principal Matthew Joynt was getting his head shaved in the high school gymnasium. 

"No instructions given," said Joynt, explaining that he had no idea what to expect from his hair cut. "It's one of those unique all-school events that doesn't happen in many places, but happen annually here."

The MACC Fund, founded in 1976, has contributed $41 million to childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.

"This is absolutely amazing," said MACC Fund development officer Lora Kaelber, who attended the events at both schools. 

Debra Schwinn May 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Buzz Cuts is such a phenomenal event in so many ways. I am always amazed at the level of generosity and caring that our students and staff demonstrate every year. It really is something we should all support and can be proud of.
The Donny Show May 24, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I totally agree. Instead of whining about paying their fair share, teachers should be doing more to give back to the community.
Gma Fox May 24, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I knew that even this feel-good story would generate at least one negative comment! Thanks, Donny, for not letting me down!
Tbone May 24, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Look at those lazy thugs! Republicans are pieces of garbage. These teachers bust their humps their whole lives to help people and then these republicans turn around and spit on them. This state needs to be ashamed of how they have treated these people.
CowDung May 24, 2012 at 05:35 PM
You should be ashamed of the way you talk about people.
Tbone May 24, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Give back to the community? Are you serious? What do you think they do everyday? The average teacher (depending on the district) spends between 3 and 11 hundred of their own dollars on their students each year. Not to mention every single day having to care for the children of people like you who spit on them every chance they get. When did people in this state get so nasty like you? I remember when people here used to be nice and watch out for their neighbor and care about their community and their schools and their fire fighters and teachers. But I guess there were always nasty mean spirited greedy bad people waiting for a scapegoat to be thrown their way. I just never thought people would be dumb AND nasty enough to believe that school teachers, one of the most sympathetic, under appreciated, under paid, hard working groups of people were the ones to blame for the economy. I mean do you people really believe that its their fault Bush destroyed the economy or are you just such angry bad people that you just want to get your pitch forks and torches and attack somebody, ANYBODY so they can blame them instead of your own dumb self for electing Bush and other republicans.
The Donny Show May 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I am totally serious. Teachers are the most overpaid, whiny bunch out there. They work just over HALF the year. Lets look at 2009-2010 Salaries and Benefits Mary Kay Anderson $109,628 Jim Beckers: $126,903 Lisa Bromley: $109,211 Margaret Schmidt: $110,077 Shall I list more? The economy was ruined by unions. Ask Toyota. They have billions of dollars of sales to prove what an union run economy does. Ask the MPS teachers that were laid off because the union refused to budge on the contract (its all about the kids though!!!!). Ask all the MKE taxpayers who see no development or business growth because unions demand wages be set at the prevailing union wage. Unions sucked America dry.
ZAK May 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Not a single shout-out to the stylists & barbers who volunteered their time?
Greg May 24, 2012 at 07:00 PM
MACC is an awesome group, I contribute to their organization often.
N. Peske May 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Exactly! Better to laugh at the ridiculousness of such a silly, cynical comment than take it seriously. Don't give it any weight.
Greg May 24, 2012 at 07:02 PM
WooHoo, way to get it done!!!!
srdixon May 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Getting back to the ARTICLE...Atwater School ended up raising $3.937.17!!! In addition to our principal Tim Kenney, and our 6th grade teacher, Tony Schiro, our art teacher, Nancy Kampmeier had her head shaved as well! We are all very proud of our students and staff!!
The Donny Show May 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Not a problem silver fox. I am here for your amusement and entertainment.
Avery Anapol May 25, 2012 at 01:55 AM
As an involved student of Shorewood High School, coordinator of Buzz Cuts For Cancer, and frequent reader of Patch, I view the above conversation as extremely disappointing and disturbing. The event that this article focuses on is very important to SHS and its students, and to the children that benefit from the funds raised. It is upsetting to me that there are members of my community who take the comment section of this article merely as an outlet to voice their opinions. Regardless of whom I agree or disagree with, this story is not an appropriate venue to share those opinions. Many students and teachers, myself included, worked very hard to make this event a success, and to see our hard work used as a segway into political arguments is discouraging. Everyone is entitled to their comments, but in the future, I know I am not alone in suggesting that you find a relevant article on which to share them. Please return your attention to the students who gave of themselves to help others, and those who worked hard to make it happen.
The Donny Show May 25, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Avery, you have lots to learn. All I wanted to say is that is was a GREAT event. It's too bad teachers are so worried about their benefits and union contracts and not things like this. That's all.

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