After nearly two years, Ali Granger is finally ready for a haircut.
The decision has nothing to do with style, though.
Granger, a first-year math teacher at Fremont High School, will offer students a chance to cut her hair by selling raffle tickets.
Money raised from the tickets, which go on sale Monday, will go to families of students at FHS who are battling cancer.
Granger also will donate the 13 inches of hair that will be cut off to Children With Hair Loss, a national organization that provides free wigs for children who have lost their hair because of cancer and other diseases.
Granger has been letting her hair grow since her senior year of college, when a sorority sister was diagnosed with leukemia. She planned to cut it earlier this year, but changed her mind after her boss was diagnosed with cancer.
Granger, the Tigers’ swim coach, said the idea originally was to let a swim team member who broke a school record have the honor of cutting her hair.
After FHS student Zane Zentic came up the idea of having students dress down for homecoming and instead donate money to the students with cancer, Granger decided to use her hair as a fundraiser.
The winning student will get to cut Granger’s hair during a pep rally on Sept. 28.
“I’ve had people say, ‘I can’t believe you’re going to cut off your hair for this,’ but you also have to think about what these kids are going through,” Granger said. “They’re dealing with a lot more than I’m going to have to deal with having short hair. In the long run, if it makes them feel better or gives them some hope, I can deal with a short haircut for six months. It’ll grow back, but their life has been completely altered.”
Those who buy the raffle tickets will get their name put on ribbons to show their support in the fight against various types of cancer. The ribbons, which are being sold by swim team members for $1 without the purchase of a raffle ticket, will be displayed in the school.
“Our goal is just to plaster the school with ribbons and just show all the kids with cancer in the school how much FHS is behind them,” Granger said.
Granger, who graduated from FHS in 2007, thinks a large number of students will show their support.
“I think it’s because although we’re a Class A school and a big school, we’re also a family,” she said. “I don’t think you find that at a lot of Class A schools.”
The FHS student council also is helping raise money by selling chances to pie a teacher in the face during the homecoming pep rally.
The school’s art club designed T-shirts for the dress down theme at homecoming and those profits also will go to the families affected by cancer.
The boys’ design looks like a tuxedo while the girls’ design resembles a dress.
A link to the T-shirt order forms is available at fpsweb.org.