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.