St. Patrick’s Day at St. Bernard School was about more than just green attire and treats left behind by leprechauns. It was also the third annual St. Baldrick Shave Event, during which students watched 40 of their peers — students, pastor Father Charles D. Walker, community members and more — shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research.
“Thank you to the kids and adults sitting in front of me who are going to get their hair cut,” Father Walker, who donned an inflatable leprechaun suit, said to kick off the event. “You’re going to look weird for a few days, maybe weeks. But I look weird all the time so it’s OK.”
Father Walker estimated that the school raised nearly $45,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research.