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Glen Cove Record Pilot • Schools

Great Kid, Great Cause

More than $4,000 raised for St. Baldrick’s Foundation 

 As promised, Riley Keenan, an eighth-grader at North Shore Middle School, shaved his head on Monday, March 17. After raising more than $4,000 in only two weeks for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, Riley, along with his father Dave Keenan (a teacher at North Shore) Mr. Curtin, Mr. Leif, Mr. Lang, and Mr. Wilgoos took to the stage in the middle school cafeteria in front of numerous cheering students and teachers. It was evident that Riley’s original quest might have started out as something small, but clearly grew into a much bigger event.


With electric razors in hand, Assistant Principal Rachel Green, a cancer survivor, volunteered to shave their heads as Principal Ferris led the event to a loud round of applause by those watching in suspense and joy. As each gentleman courageously waited for his turn to be buzzed, each participant smiled and pumped their fists in victory when their heads were shaved bald to commemorate their victory for this very worthy cause. 


When it was over, Riley stood tall and proud in the center of the stage surrounded by his dad and teachers to the thunderous cheers of all those in the cafeteria. Not present at the time was Dan Chemnitz, who also volunteered to shave his head but had to teach a class during lunch. Later in the day, his head was shaved by Assistant Principal Green. 


Principal Dr. Marc Ferris congratulated Riley and each of the teachers for their bold act of kindness. He reminded all of his students, “No matter what your age is - you could make a difference in the world if you believe in yourself and really want to!”