Blairsville Middle School students in grades six through eight held a Penny Wars from Oct. 28-31.
The sixth-grade homeroom won the war and a total of $3,317.80 was raised to donate to Birdie’s Closet at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
When the Penny Wars raised $1,000, Ron Johnson, a district custodian, offered to have his head shaved. When the total then reached more than $2,000, Mark Zerfoss, middle school guidance counselor, also agreed to have his head shaved.
The money was donated to Birdie’s Closet in memory of Lillian Smith, who worked in the cafeteria at Blairsville Elementary for many years, but passed away earlier this year. Her husband, Bill, is a district bus driver.
From left are Johnson; Heather Reed, executive director of the Healthcare Foundation at IRMC accepting the donation for Birdie’s Closet; and Zerfoss. (Jamie Empfield/Gazette photo)