Lambert High School students cheered on Principal Dr. Gary Davison at a last pep rally Thursday, March 4, as he ran into the gymnasium straight toward a hairdresser waiting for him with an electric shaver in hand.
Students posed with him, took photos and looked on in shock as the hairdresser shaved off the last of his hair. He stood up, rubbed his now bald head and smiled as a student shouted over the music, “Lookin’ good!”
Davison and six other school staff members — Melinda Suber, Kevin Sapp, Rob Meinberg, Jared Ostrosky, Stephen Pate and Ryan Wason — all shaved their heads Thursday at the school’s four socially-distant pep rallies, one for each grade level, where the band, dance company and color guard all showcased their talents while raising students’ spirits.
School leaders promised that the students would get to see the principal and some favorite teachers and coaches get their heads shaved if they reached the school’s fundraising goal of $15,000 in only four weeks for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Coach Tom Bass revealed a giant check at the senior pep rally, showing that staff, students and community members nearly doubled the goal with $31,771 raised — the greatest amount of funds raised by a Georgia high school for the organization in only one month, an LLS spokesperson said in a video to school leaders.
Lambert administrators wanted to hold the fundraiser to show support to student and senior class president, Faith Johnson, after she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November while continuing with the district’s support of LLS.
“Faith has had a lot to do with [the kids getting involved] — the way she’s just really met the challenges and said all the right things,” said Rob Meinberg, assistant administrator. “Her attitude has been incredible …. If there is ever a right person to deal with this and overcome it, she’s the right person.”
Unfortunately, Faith could not make it to Lambert for the pep rallies Thursday morning, but she watched from her room in the hospital as her friends on the swim and dive team sent her videos and photos from the gym.
“Our family has been extremely touched by the outpouring of support and the amount of money raised for the LLS fundraiser in the Forsyth county schools,” said Erika Johnson, Faith’s mom. The entire Forsyth county community, especially the swim teams, have been such a huge support for us,” Johnson said.
In order to meet their fundraising goal, school leaders set up a website so others in the community could donate online beginning on Feb. 8, while students and staff worked together to raise money within the school over the past month. Students and staff sold roses for Valentine’s Day, collected donations through clubs and sports teams and competed in hero squads to see who could collect the most in donations.
Rocking his new haircut, Davison said he was happy to have a fun event with students again all while helping to show some love to Faith and support LLS.