To provide students opportunities to take meaningful action in the world, Discovery Canyon Middle School adopted St. Baldrick's Day in 2016.
In preparation for St. Baldrick's Day, DCMS students explored the reasons behind the work of the St. Baldrick's Foundation using the global context of "Human Nature and Human Dignity". Bridges teachers shared a series of three lessons focusing on the efforts of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Faculty and staff encouraged students to be a part of this initiative by shaving their head in solidarity of those who have undergone cancer treatment. Students and teachers could also participate by donating at least eight inches of hair; and/or raising money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation to help fund pediatric cancer research.
Students who participated were able to qualify for prizes both individually and as part of their Bridges class.
The Middle Level celebrated St. Baldrick's Day with a Shave-a-Thon held on Friday, March 4. The event began with a morning assembly during which our top student fundraisers as well as eight staff members had their heads shaved in front of the entire Middle School.
Over the course of the rest of the day, students who had turned in permission forms prior were called down to the gym to have their head shaved at a pre-scheduled time. Parents, grandparents, and community members were notified of their student's shave time ahead of time so that they could attend if so desired.
Upon reflection we found the Middle Level's DCC St. Baldrick's Day to be an exciting opportunity for team-building as a school, learning about pediatric cancer research, discussing useful ways of supporting persons and families going throough cancer treatment, and take meaningful action in the world.