No-Shave November Fundraiser Ends in Style for Mahopac Teachers

November 21, 2017

Cosmetology students from The Tech Center shaved Batman, monkey-tails, and other designs into the beards of 25 Mahopac Middle School teachers this week, a stylish ending to the school’s cancer fundraiser. No-Shave November is a month-long event that encourages people to refrain from shaving for the month to raise cancer awareness, since many cancer patients lose their hair.
Middle School students got to vote on four designs to shave into the beards of the participating teachers and administrators, in exchange for a donation. Cosmetology students from The Tech Center at PNW BOCES provided the shaves. “I thought it was a great thing for my students to be able to do for a good cause,” said Tech Center teacher Debbie Busatti, adding that she encourages students to be creative with their designs when she teaches shaving techniques.
Mahopac Middle School Assistant Principal Starla Ciarelli and teacher Richard Kozera spearheaded the event, and Principal Tom Cozzocrea and Assistant Principal Alex Levine were among the faculty who grew—and shaved—their beards. “It was a little itchy,” said Cozzocrea, of growing the beard, “but it was worth it to see the students so amused by our staff.”
Cosmetology student Brianna Davis, from Mahopac High School, said she and fellow students had shaved designs on bearded mannequins prior to this event. “It was cool to be able to do something like this for a good cause,” she said.
Cosmo student Alexa Byrnes, from Brewster, shaved a Batman design into Assistant Principal Levine’s beard. “It was fun to do,” she said, “and I was happy to be able to do something for such a good cause.”

Alexa Byrnes, Brewster, shaves a Batman design into Assistant Principal Alex Levine’s beard.