Boissevain School Grade 12 students Lacey Leforte and Brooke Arde get ready to “trim” teacher Leisa Halloran’s hair. (GETTING A TRIM)
Teacher Leisa Halloran’s new look — all for a great cause. (SHAWN KLEEBAUM/FOR THE SUN)
Teacher Leisa Halloran gets a standing ovation from the staff and students. (SHAWN KLEEBAUM/FOR THE SUN)
BOISSEVAIN — Cancer affects everyone and the students and staff at Boissevain School have been very committed to the Terry Fox Foundation and the fight to find a cure.
Terry Fox is also a personal hero of teacher and Terry Fox Run organizer Shawn Kleebaum.
The K-12 school, with about 380 students, has been part of the Terry Fox Run since it started 33 years ago. During that time, they have raised more than $160,000 towards cancer research.
This year, high school physics and chemistry teacher Leisa Halloran challenged the students to raise at least $11,000. If the school met her challenge, she would have her head shaved in front of the entire school body.
Not only did Halloran inspire the school with her challenge, she was also the catalyst in a new fundraising effort in the high school that was led by two Grade 12 students, Lacey Leforte and Brooke Arde.
The high school students organized various fundraising activities such as a hotdog and bake sale, bottle drive and raffles. Several students worked the afternoon and donated their own wages to the Terry Fox Foundation.
These initiatives, along with the added incentive of high school grade war points, pushed the high school students to raise, for the first time, more than the K-8 students.
Last week, staff and students assembled in the gym to witness the culmination of their hard work.
The two Grade 12 students who led the high school fundraising drive had the honours of shaving Halloran’s head — because the goal was met and then some.
More than $15,000 was raised, more than twice the yearly average of $7,000. The previous fundraising high was just over $10,000.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 15, 2013