Denton Educators Shave Head for Good Cause

Teacher, principle make good on promise after students raise money for breast cancer research

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    A teacher and the principal at Calhoun Middle School in Denton have been shaving their heads and students have been raising money to help their Spanish teacher's sister-in-law's battle with breast cancer. (Published Friday, Mar 8, 2013)

    A teacher and a principal at a Denton middle school lost their hair Friday after students surpassed their fundraising goal.

    Spanish teacher Nichole Spalding-Watson organized a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation after her sister-in-law was diagnosed with the cancer last month.

    "You know, when somebody you love finds out that they have this disease, you want to help and sometimes you feel powerless -- 'I can't do anything,'" she said.

    She and the principal, Carlos Ramirez, agreed to shave their heads if students met their fundraising goal.

    "It's important to show our kids that we'll do whatever it takes to support a worthy cause," Ramirez said.

    Friday was the last day of the fundraiser, and students collected more than $1,300.

    Students such as Westin Rhodes raised money by going door to door. Another student, Lupita Montoya, donated $107 from her savings account.

    "I know that I'm helping to save a life," Montoya said."It's just part of growing up and dealing with it."