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SYSK: Band instructor cuts hair for sick student

by Danielle Wagner

ARLINGTON (KWWL) A snip here and a trim there. Teachers and students at Starmont School got a chance to cut nine ponytails off Robbie McIntyre's head.

McIntyre is the 7-12 band director at Starmont.

He offered to cut his long locks as a fundraiser for a third grade student.

Xavier Roach was diagnosed with leukemia in November.

Unfortunately, he wasn't feeling well enough to watch the haircut in his honor.

"He likes hunting, he likes anything with Army and he just likes being outside playing like a normal kid would," said Xavier's teacher Josh Steffen.

The students paid to enter a raffle for a chance to use scissors on Mr. McIntyre's hair.

They could also pay a dollar to wear pajamas and another dollar to wear a hat.

"We have everybody in these three towns Strawberry Point, Lament and Arlington it's nice they can come together and support this great family," said Steffen.

Starmont School raised more than $1400 for Xavier Roach and his family.

"I wish I could write a check for $1400 for this young man and his family because they could really use it, but unfortunately I can't. But I can give my hair, it grows back," said Robbie McIntyre.

Strand by strand, with scissors, clippers and a razor, McIntyre went from long locks to clean shaven.

"This is the second time I've done this so not quite as shocking, but still an adjustment," he said.

McIntyre hopes his one small act of kindness sends a powerful message to the students at Starmont.

"It shows to our kids that one person can really make a difference," he said.

A difference for a student who can hopefully be back at school in time for the next assembly.

If you'd like to help the Roach family, a fund is set up at Citizens State Bank in Strawberry Point.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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