Taylor School staff and students recently raised money and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. The school raised $3,279 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that funds childhood cancer research. Because the school's fundraising goal was reached, 6th grade teacher Mario DiCarlo, 1st and 2nd grade Special Education teacher Tim Rapson, 5th grade teacher Frankie Clifton and assistant principal Jillian Cota had their heads shaved at a schoolwide assembly by barbers from Sport Clips, which helped sponsor the school event.
Taylor’s fundraiser was part of a larger community event called Bald For Lexi. More than 100 local residents signed up to help raise $100,000 through pledges for having their heads shaved. Lexi Brown was an Orcutt girl who passed away last May from fibroblastic sarcoma.
Taylor assistant principal Jillian Cota notes that the school’s fundraiser was an opportunity for students to experience doing something for others. “Students tracked the funds raised by the community, as well as our own fundraising,” she said. “We want them to see how a community comes together to make differences in the lives of others.”
The Taylor staff members will also use their bald heads and change in appearance as an opportunity to address bullying in school. "Yes, we are going to look different," Jillian told the students. "But when you see someone who looks different, you don't know what is going on in their lives. You should focus on the similarities you have with other people, not differences."