BEACON FALLS — Every year atop the hill at Woodland, a select few teachers, led by English teacher Paul Geary, grow out their beards during midterm week in January. This year was no different—Geary, English teacher James Amato and history teacher Chris Tomlin all put down their razors prior to the four-day midterm exam week. Instead of shaving their scruffy beards after testing, though, the facial hair stayed—and it turned into Beards for Bucks, a fundraiser for Haiti relief.
The fundraiser, also known as Hair for Haiti, is a month-long event co-sponsored by the Woodland Regional Student Council and Woodland for Women Worldwide, in which teachers essentially grow the best facial hair possible while students cast $1 votes for their favorite beards. And, yes, this one-of-a-kind phenomenon all grew from the triumvirate’s annual ritual.