Column: Getting cut off

Green Lake School biology teacher Tom Eddy plans to shave his renowned beard in a new fund-raiser.

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Green Lake Student Council members have been organizing a benefit for children’s cancer research, working with St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

A bunch of students and even some community members are requesting pledges — and then they’ll shave their heads at a pep rally next week. The big day is Thursday, April 21.

Come one, come all.

Word has it, even biology teacher Tom Eddy will shave his renowned beard.

He’s doing so in honor of his late friend — Don Macaulay, a Green Lake science teacher who passed away last year after a battle with cancer.

“It’s a symbolic gesture to honor the memory of my friend Don Macaulay, while at the same time calling attention to funding cancer research,” Eddy said the other day. “We are all affected by cancer in some way.”

Eddy’s dramatic change will mark one of his last activities as a Green Lake teacher. He saying farewell to that portion of his long career this spring.

“I was clean-shaven when I interviewed for a biology position here at Green Lake 35 years ago, so I suppose it’s fitting that I leave Green Lake clean-shaven,” he said.

Read the full column in the April 14 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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