Teachers dyeing to participate

Trek Across Maine fundraiser
By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 02, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Chris Blackmon, guidance counselor at Oceanside High School East, addresses the hecklers who watched as Amy Bernardini of Classic Cuts administers red dye. Blackmon along with two other administrators, agreed to the challenge as students reached their goal for the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine.

Rockland — When Oceanside High School East juniors Chantae Eaton and Lyric Deprey were talking about how to creatively have fun while fellow classmates raised funds for the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine, they were not thinking the end result.

"We were just chatting about it," said Eaton, when the idea came up to dye teachers hair as incentive to raise money for the event.

Chris Blackmon, guidance counselor, agreed to the challenge for $300; David Johanson, a math teacher, said he would go for it if they raised $400; and Tom Forti, school principal agreed to dye his hair red if the student body reached a goal of $500.

The students worked throughout February and March, holding various events such as dress down day and placed money jars in The Keag Store in South Thomaston and Harborside Market in St. George. On March 14 they had reached their goal and were offered the professional styling services of Classic Cuts in Rockland to accomplish the task.

Blackmon and Johanson participate in the Trek Across Maine, and have been for 19 and 11 years, respectively.

"It is a great cause and is run very well," said Blackmon, who lost an aunt and uncle to cancer. He is a regular cyclist who lives in Waldoboro and treks to Rockland every day.

"When you are connected with it, it really means something," he said.

The Trek Across Maine is a 180-mile, three-day event that will take place June 14-16. The race starts at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and finishes at Steamboat Landing in Belfast. About 2,200 participants bike the event, with each cyclist having to raise a minimum of $500 each.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 59-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationllc.com.

Valerie Jackomino of Classic Cuts in Rockland seems to enjoy dyeing David Johanson's hair red in the hallway at Oceanside East April 2. Johanson and two other administrators did the deed as incentive for the students' participation in Trek Across Maine. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Oceanside High School East students were on hand April 2 to watch two of their administrators dye their hair red in support of their fundraising efforts for the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine. The students reached their $500 goal with the help of many in the community, including these specialists from Classic Cuts. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A simple conversation about fun-raising for the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine got these two administrators at Oceanside High School East in the red. From left, junior Lyric Deprey, math teacher David Johanson, guidance counselor Chris Blackmon, and junior Chantae Eaton display the results of their deal. Principal Tom Forti also participated. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
David Johanson, math teacher at Oceanside High School East, had his hair dyed red in support of his students' fundraising efforts for the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine. Product and services were donated by Classic Cuts of Rockland April 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Guidance counselor Chris Blackmon of Oceanside High School East agreed to have his hair and mustache dyed red in support of his students' efforts in raising money for his Trek Across Maine for the American Lung Association. He did draw the line at the eyebrows despite much coaxing from onlookers in the hallway April 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Two red heads are better than one? Actually three administrators at Oceanside East had their hair color changed April 2 as incentive for their students' participation in raising money for the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine. David Johanson, math teacher and Chris Blackmon, guidance counselor allow the dye to set April 2. Principal Tom Forti also participated. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Guidance counselor Chris Blackmon shows off what you get when you mix red dye with white hair. Blackmon and two other administrators at Oceanside High School East paid up on their bet April 2 with students who participated in raising funds for the American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Tena Wallace | Apr 03, 2013 14:03

So where is Mr. Forti????  he didn't back out did he??



Posted by: CAMDEN HILLS REGIONAL SCH | Apr 03, 2013 12:15

Perfect for Twelfth Night!



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