By Pam Robinson
Mount Vernon Junior High School, or MVJHS, students and staff met at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, to celebrate the success of their canned food drive for the Mount Vernon Food Pantry. The students had been driven by the promise that School Superintendent Tom Kopatich, MVJHS Principal Kyle Jones, MVJHS Assistant Principal Jerad Shockley and MVJHS Wrestling Coach Tim Alcorn would all shave their heads if 6,000 canned food items were brought for the food pantry. MVJHS students collected nearly 10,000 canned food items.
While popular music played and students cheered, all eyes focused on the center of the main gym as hairdressers from Green Duck Hair Salon in Mount Vernon worked their magic. Certainly, the shiny-headed administrators had to take notice of the breezy weather on Thursday, but all were good sports and happy to lose their hair for such a worthy cause. In the end, all were outfitted with Santa hats and strutted in front of the uproarious assembly to the beat of “Gangnam Style.”
“I’m very proud of the junior high and what they were able to accomplish. The students collected around 4,000 cans for the food pantry last year, and they more than doubled that amount this year. We may have pretty close to 10,000 cans to give to our Mount Vernon Food Pantry. You hear a lot in the media and news about worldwide hunger, and we do want to help and pray. But sometimes we forget about our community. As I said during the student assembly this morning, you may have some classmates who need the bare necessities with food. With your help, people in our community and county will have food for a while,” Supt. Kopatich commented. “We had a lot of fun. If cutting our hair will allow us to bring in 10,000 cans to our food pantry, it’s a good thing.”