Update: Students "Shear da Beard" of Teacher, Raise $3400

Brett Keisel joins with North Hills Middle School students to shave the beard of their science teacher, and raise money for Children's Hospital and pediatric cancer research.

We told you last month (click here) about some enthusiastic students and a good-natured teacher and their plans for a fundraiser to benefit pediatric cancer programs at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Now we can share the very lucrative -- and visual -- payoff!

The students, at North Hills Middle School, joined with former Steeler Brett Keisel's Da Beard organization and sold paper beards for the chance to help shave off the beard of middle school science teacher Kris Proctor. Mr. Proctor's beard had gotten to the point that he could have been a stand-in for Mr. Keisel, pictured above with North Hills senior and Shear da Beard ambassador Sean Nolan, a pediatric cancer survivor who was treated at Children's and helped with the fundraiser. The donation drive was sponsored by the Middle School's Service Club.

The seven top "beard sellers" (above) got a private meet and greet with Keisel, with the top two sellers winning tickets to Keisel's own sold-out Shear da Beard event last Friday.

The five top sellers had the pleasure of helping Keisel shear Mr. Proctor's beard at an assembly in the middle school gym. All told, the students raised almost $3400 for UPMC Children's Hospital. Congratulations and good work students and Mr. Proctor (seen "sheared" below)!

(Images: North Hills School District Facebook Page)

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