CLARK, NJ—On Thursday October 25, Arthur L. Johnson High School took part in a one of a kind fundraiser to raise awareness for breast cancer. The event was sponsored by the school’s Student Movement Against Cancer Club, also known as the SMAC Club.
During the week before the event, students donated money for a raffle ticket which gave them a chance to be the one to buzz a staff members head. The heads to be buzzed were social studies teacher Mr. Reyes, Lacrosse coach and science teacher Mr. Vanbergen, social studies teacher and baseball coach Mr. Kennedy, math teacher and football coach Anthony Delconte and vice principal of the school, Mr. Bucior.
As the event began, school students from each grade lined up in the gymnasium to witness the buzzing. In a random drawing from the entries made, Jillian Pencinger and Lily Gull buzzed Mr. Reyes, Michael Smeraglia buzzed Mr. Van Bergen, Emily McCluskey buzzed Mr. Kennedy, Gina Rizzuto buzzed Mr. DelConte, and the most coveted head of Mr. Bucior was buzzed by Luana DeOliveira. As the hair began coming off, gasps were heard from the audience. “It was very exciting to see it happen,” said senior, Vito Galuzzo.
Senior Joey Allman who “cuts hair for fun” helped clean up the men’s heads once the buzzing was done. “I offered to help as soon as I heard the school was doing this,” said Allman.
In addition to the raffle tickets, individuals outside the school were able to donate on a GoFundMe account set up for this purpose. Over $1000 was raised from this effort. All proceeds in the fundraising effort were donated to scholarships for students fighting cancer in their family.
On a related note, New Jersey State Assemblyman, James Kennedy, read the original article on TAPIntoClark.com, Clark’s ALJ Students and Teachers Tell Cancer to Buzz Off and passed an honorary resolution for each of the volunteers honoring their commitment. “Thank you for being role models to the young men and women in our community by dedicating yourselves to such a worthy cause,” said Assemblyman Kennedy in a statement.
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