MEMS plans spring events highlighting bravery, kindness

MANCHESTER — If you're brave and kind, teacher Anna Nicholson and the students at at Manchester Elementary Middle School have some activities for you to take part in over the coming weeks.

For the brave, they're looking for volunteers for the St. Baldrick's Foundation "Brave the Shave" and Pantene Beautiful Lengths fundraisers, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 9.

For "Brave the Shave," all you need is hair — and the willingness to accept it will eventually grow back.

The third annual "Brave the Shave" event raises money for pediatric cancer research. Last year, MEMS raised more than $15,000 as 35 people shaved their heads for the cause. At present, 21 shavees are signed up and organizers are looking for more heads to shave — and licensed local barbers to help with the cause.

Through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths event, which partners with the American Cancer Society, members of the MEMS community will donate 8 or more inches for free human hair wigs for cancer patients. Five people have signed up to take part, Nicholson said.

Any person or business interested in getting involved is asked to contact Nicholson at MEMS (, or visit the event website:

Nicholson also announced last week with the help of MEMS students that a day dedicated to acts of kindness is planned for Friday, June 2.

MEMS will begin with an all-school meeting focused on kindness. All staff and students will be creating a Kindness Rock to display outside of MEMS.

The school community will exit the meeting to take a picture in the shape of a heart in the front field, and then place their Kindness Rocks lining the sidewalk of the school.

The day will continue with each classroom in the building doing an act of kindness, capped by a Kindness Rally at Factory Point Town Green from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Manchester community is welcome to join.

Reach Journal editor Greg Sukiennik at 802-490-6000.


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