Let it grow: No Shave November raises money for cancer research


Marshalltown High School teachers are pictured with their new facial hair as part of No Shave November to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Pictured, front row, from left are Mason Pelzer and Kirk Niehouse. Back row, Mike Loupee, Chad Pietig and Chris Sutch.

A group of Marshalltown High School staff members have decided to ditch the razor this month in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The teachers are participating in No Shave November as a fundraiser to fight cancer.

The effort is being led at MHS by art instructor Kirk Niehouse, who said past MHS staff have been affected by cancer in recent years.

“It’s something that has hit us,” Niehouse said. “We have to support these causes.”

Posing for a recent photo with Niehouse with their new facial hair growth were MHS English teachers Chris Sutch and Mason Pelzer and science teachers Mike Loupee and Chad Pietig. As part of participating, staff will donate to the American Cancer Society.

The effort has even made its way to the Marshalltown Community School District Office as Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, Director of Business Operations Brian Bartz, Technology Director Josh Wesley and Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger are participating in No Shave November as well.

According to the website www.no-shave.org, the goal of No Shave November is  “to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.”