Beards come in all shapes and sizes: the Fu Manchu, the Goatee, the Mutton Chops. With the variety of beard styles out there nowadays, facial hair is something that we rarely see in the halls of Belleville West, until now.
Over the past few years, No Shave November has become a trend throughout the world. Boys and men of all ages use the month of November to grow out their facial hair. This isnt for a competition to see who can get a bigger beard; its just for the simple purpose of growing one.
Usually, its just meant for gearing up for that lush Santa Claus beard for the coming winter, but now, its more than that.
Schools, businesses and companies are using the trend to promote giving to the less fortunate or to worthy causes by giving people incentives to grow beards and raise money.
All of the money that is raised from No Shave November is going to cancer research at the American Cancer Society, making it a kind way to help out while avoiding the usual minor injuries caused by shaving.
Belleville West went above and beyond and thought outside the box for Wests version of No Shave November. Two of Wests own beloved teachers, Coach Bob Flake and Coach Chris Hanusek, have decided to put their own hair on the line for our own enjoyment, and for charitable reasons, of course.
As this is being read, both teachers are growing their hair out, only for it to be cut live in front of Wests student body on Tuesday, Nov. 26, during 7th hour, though who will be doing the cutting is unknown.
Having the West staff members come together and participate so well is really great, senior Nate Partington said.
Wests own faculty is working to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and the staff member who has collected the most money gets to do the honors.
I think its for a really good cause and its easy to participate in, junior Emily Johannson said. No-Shave November is already a pretty popular concept, so its a great way to raise money for cancer research.
Many teachers and staff are eager to be raising money for cancer awareness in such a creative way.
All the participating teachers look like totally different people, Partington said. Especially those with a full lumberjack beard coming in.
Physics teacher Mike Rogier was particularly interested in joining in on the craze and as he raises money in his classes. Like the rest of the teachers, he too is setting a goal for his classes with a hefty incentive.
He is planning on shaving his beard and his head if all of his classes can reach a combined goal of $300 raised for the cause.
It sounded like a great idea for a great cause, so I decided I was on board, Rogier said.
Many male students are participating in the not-shaving as well.
Im actually surprised at how well my facial hair is coming in, Partington said. Its even growing thicker than some of the teachers who are also growing theirs out.
Although the trend seems to be strictly a male thing, many girls participate in the activity as well. No, not by growing out their facial hair, but by not shaving their legs.
Its great that some girls are participating in it, Johannson said. Society demands that it is unacceptable for women to shave their legs, so its nice that girls can get past this thinking.
Many cancer patients lose their hair when they go through treatments, so growing out whatever hair one may have for No Shave November is a way to be appreciative of what many people take for granted and even hide: their hair, whether it be on the face or body.
Many people even grow crazy beards or other hairstyles to draw more positive attention to No Shave November, branching out into the crazier styles to make the trend more fun for everybody.
No matter what style, whether its growing a beard or not, everyone can contribute to the fundraising by donating to a good cause.