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Keller ISD No-Shave event raises awareness for men’s health

Counselor Tim Berube trims his month old beard into a Fu-Man-Chu mustache in the cafeteria of Hillwood Middle School Nov. 30.
Counselor Tim Berube trims his month old beard into a Fu-Man-Chu mustache in the cafeteria of Hillwood Middle School Nov. 30. Special to the Star-Telegram

Employees across the Keller school district participated in No Shave November with the KISD Mo-Bro Showdown to raise awareness for men’s health.

Participants included Superintendent Randy Reid and many district and campus administrators, along with teachers from most KISD schools.

Men were encouraged to take a “before” selfie on Nov. 1, grow their best beard or mustache and then take an “after” selfie on Nov. 30. Everyone who submitted their selfies would be entered into a raffle with the winner getting a gift card to the Dollar Shave Club.

Female employees were invited to sport their best fake mustaches or beards and encourage men in their lives to get regular checkups.

Will Haddad, the KISD wellness coordinator, said the goal of the initiative was to urge men to focus on their health, get regular checkups and be proactive in improving their wellness.

At Hillwood Middle School, a group of administrators and teachers added an extra twist to their grand finale. Before school on Nov. 30, they met in the cafeteria while many of the students watched as each man gave a spin to a facial hair wheel. Whatever type of mustache/beard/sideburns combos the wheel landed on, the man shaved his beard to match.

Options included “chops with soul patch,” “the Magnum P.I.,” and “the chin strap.”

Brady Rayburn, HMS math teacher, had never grown a beard for a whole month but said he would keep his “chops with soul patch” for a few days before shaving everything off.

Joel Thompson, assistant administrator and another beard neophyte, said, “It’s one of the things we can do as a group to build community while promoting men’s health.”

Sandra J. Engelland: 817-390-7323, @SandraEngelland

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