No Shave November

No Shave November!

Gehlen Catholic Teams Up to Take On A Familiar Adversary & Opponent In November

Gehlen Catholic has a proud history of teamwork – from working together on classroom projects & participation in co-curricular activities to coming together to package meals for Honduras or assisting members of the Gehlen Catholic family during times of crisis & tragedy. 

This past spring, the Gehlen Catholic Board of Education approved the fundraising & service project plan for the 2018-2019 school year.  During the October 2018 monthly Board meeting, the Gehlen Catholic Christian Leadership Team (CLT) updated the Board on their fundraiser & service project called “No Shave November.”

CLT Moderator, Mrs. Alissa Schipper, & the CLT invited students, faculty & staff to participate in “No Shave November.”

Mrs. Schipper explained last year to the Board “No Shave November” is a student driven service project from the start.  “Last fall, then Gehlen Catholic senior, James Kellen, & current Gehlen Catholic seniors, Caden Kneip & Jared Morris, researched & proposed the idea. 

‘No Shave November’ is a non-profit web-based organization which raises funds for cancer research & prevention.  No less than 80% of the funds raised is distributed to the selected 2018 Funded Programs.  The funded programs include Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer & St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital,” she stated. 

Many Gehlen Catholic faculty, staff, students & Board of Education members had heard about “No Shave November” but did not fully understand the project’s concept, fundraising & impact.  They were surprised to learn “No Shave November” addressed both men’s & women’s health care. 

“No Shave November” benefits the Prevent Cancer Foundation (which focuses on cancer prevention & early detection of all cancer); Fight Colorectal Cancer (affects men, women & children); St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (which leads research, treatment & understanding of childhood cancer.) 

Dr. Geha acknowledged, “The goal of ‘No Shave November’ is to grow awareness by embracing the hair which many cancer patients lose & letting it grow wild & free.  The concept allows for money you would typically spend on shaving & grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, & aid those fighting the battle with cancer.”  Both male & female students, faculty & staff are encouraged to participate. 

Mrs. Schipper embraced the service project.  “All of us know someone who has been affected by cancer.  This is why the students & Dr. Geha felt ‘No Shave November’ is service project the school should get behind.  It also helped that one of the ways to show support is by growing out their facial hair.” declared Mrs. Schipper.

Gehlen Catholic’s Development Director, Mrs. Lisa Niebuhr, pointed to a 2008 Gehlen Catholic graduate who utilized the services of the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  In 2005, the Gehlen Catholic Competition Marching Band competed & participated in the 2005 Autozone Liberty Bowl which benefits St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. 

From October 26th – 29th

  • 21 male high school students, faculty & staff registered & paid a $20 fee to grow out their facial hair in November.A total of 16 boys are participating.
  • Eight (8) 7th-12th grade females, faculty & staff & 4 clean-shaven male students registered & paid a $5.00 fee to participate in weekly voting for best mustache, hairiest face, etc.

Jared Morris said he has been surprised by the response from people who ask why he is “out of dress code” (not clean shaven).  As they learn about “No Shave November,” people have told Jared “It’s cool!” 

Jared added, “I joined CLT to put my face out in the community to show I’m a Christian & make the world a better place.  I never expected I would truly ‘put my face out in the community’ leading such an important service project.  My hope is to increase awareness of cancer & cancer so no one else in the Gehlen Catholic family & my own family is touched by this disease.”  

 “As a physician in our community, I find this service project as a way to build solidarity with the students at Gehlen Catholic as it reminds me of my own high school fundraising projects that served under the motto of ‘Men & Women for Others.’ This project also has grown quite rapidly & is now seen nationwide when you look at the website,” Dr. Geha concluded.




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