GARFIELD, N.J. — People who see teachers as heroes have another reason to think so in Garfield as the high school staff had capes on hand to raise money for cancer research.
Teachers and students from the Helping Hand Club and the manga, anime and comic club started a fundraiser selling small red capes at lunch until Jan. 29.
The proceeds will go to Sloan Kettering cancer research center, club advisor Gabrielle Calderio said.
"We put the plans together for the program in December so kids have been eager to start," Calderio told Daily Voice.
The school ran similar fundraisers in the past but added a new twist this year. At certain fundraising intervals, teachers pledged to shave either their heads or beards to add more incentive to buy capes.
Math teacher Justin Greene will shave his beard once the fundraiser reaches $800.
"They're just always telling me to get rid of my facial hair," Greene said. "Some of the younger kids haven't seen me with short facial hair so they're really excited."
The superhero red capes say "capes for cancer" on them, Calderio said. Students who buy one can write their names on the capes, which are then hung up in the school's hallways.
Anyone can purchase a cape or donate to the cause, Calderio said. The advisor oversees the Helping Hand Club, which has about 30 to 50 members, she said.
The club participates in community service and charity events throughout the year.
TO DONATE: Drop off a check or mail it to Calderio at Garfield High School, 500 Palisade Ave.