Salem Junior High teachers ate or kissed various creatures, had their heads shaved and even their legs waxed on Tuesday afternoon all in the name of fun and in support of their student Quinton Muir.
Salem Junior High raced against Salem Hills High School to see who could raise the most money to help out and show support for Muir, who is diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer. As an incentive, Salem Junior High teachers said some of them would complete dares if the students reached their goal.
The junior high students quickly reached their goal and the faculty challenged them again, saying if they raised more than $3000 all of the teachers who volunteered their pledge would have to do it. The students ended up raising more than $5000 dollars for Muir, and Tuesday the check was presented and the teachers made good on their pledges.
One teacher ate a goldfish, another had three worms, and another kissed a snake, all during a special assembly in the gym. Several counselors and teachers had their heads shaved into lizard-shaped mohawks, some had "Q" for Quinton shaved in also, and another dyed her hair blue. Students smashed pies and poured syrup on their teachers and gave them marker tattoos. The students hooted and hollered with delight.
Teacher Casey Boyer had his head shaved into a green lizard and was planning on surprising his wife with it when he got home.
"We'll see, I guess!" Boyer said with laughter about how she would take his new haircut.
"He's a great student, a great kid," Boyer said about Muir.
Seventh grade English teacher Eliza Blank had maple syrup poured over her head as she stood in a pool.
"Holy cow. It was cold, and sticky and creeping down my back and especially my eyelids, I can't blink!" she said. "It's disgusting. I'm more nervous about getting it out of my hair than anything else."
She loved the spirit of the event and the teachers who volunteered.
"We love kids," she said.
Lori Muir, Quinton's mother, was astonished by the support from the community.
"It's hard to wrap my head around," she said. "It really is so much more than the money...but this kind of show of support is too much. It's amazing."