Wednesday, November 4, 2015 got a little sticky for St. Edward-Epiphany School (SEES) Assistant Principal Justin Andrew and a bit hairy for fifth grade teacher Chris Maher all thanks to the remarkable generosity of SEES students and faculty.
This is the third year Mr. Maher has challenged the SEES community to help him raise money for a cause very close and personal to him – Richmond’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The reward for raising $1,000 in two days would be duct taping Mr. Andrew to the gym wall. The classroom that raised the most money overall would get to “style” Mr. Maher’s hair any way they like.
Not only did they meet the challenge, the students exceeded the combined totals of donations from the previous two years. In just three weeks, SEES raised more than $10,000 for Mr. Maher and his wife’s “Walk On” team, which participated in the Metro-Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, November 7, 2015 (http://act.alz.org/site/TR?px=8220831&fr_id=7866&pg=personal).
Mr. Maher’s fifth grade homeroom raised the most money out of the entire school of pre-Kindergarten through eighth grades. With the assistance of SEES mom and local business owner, Jodi Medlin of Hair Productions of Salisbury, the fifth graders gave Mr. Maher a most unique look Wednesday afternoon.
Then the entire school took great delight in sticking Mr. Andrew to the wall with multiple layers of duct tape. The crates were pulled away and the tape held him to the wall for several minutes causing the students and faculty to erupt in laughter and applause.
The staff and students also sported the color purple Wednesday to show their support for the Alzheimer’s cause.