Something in the hair at AHS
An awful lot of people will show their school spirit in a very unusual fashion when Aspen High School’s basketball team launches its quest for the state championship.
Their hair will be dyed red and black – the school’s colors.
And some of them very well may be teachers. In fact, they may include all of the high school’s teachers.
Their tonsorial fashion statement, however, will be in the name of more than just school spirit – it will be for a good cause.
The red and black hair will be the result of a fund-raising drive that ends today. The drive was launched by the high school’s student senate to help out one of their classmates, Leah Schlein, who lost most of her belongings when her home was destroyed by fire.
To give a little extra spark to the fund-raising effort, it was set up as a contest between the students in each of the four high school grades, and the faculty.
Members of the group – freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors or faculty – that raises the most money will not have to dye their hair.
All the others will have to submit to a radical color job.
Charlie Anastas, faculty sponsor of the student senate, admits that his personal goal is to see the faculty among the losers.
“I want the teachers to lose,” said Anastas. “I want to see some of those people with red and black hair.”
With an eye to that goal, Anastas has declared that the teachers will post their results this morning at 9 o’clock – and the students will have the rest of the school day, until 3:05 p.m., to try to raise more money to beat the faculty.
And, said Anastas, he is calling on the community to phone in additional donations to the students’ cause. Pledge calls can be made to 925-2972, extension 1007.
The results of the drive will be announced Thursday – and the Day of the Dye Job will be one week later, on Thursday, Feb. 24. That night, the Aspen Skiers will play in the District Basketball Tournament.
“Everybody will have to leave their hair dyed and show up for the game that night,” said Anastas. “It should be great for team spirit.”
The hair dye is being supplied by Carl’s Pharmacy, said Anastas, who pointed out that the dye would have been a major expense otherwise.
And the coloring will be supervised by Hooker Obuhanick, of Hooker’s Hair Salon.
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The third weekend of play begins Thursday and runs through Sunday with the Bantam B, Squirt A and Squirt B divisions. Because of safety protocols, spectators aren’t allowed.