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YGC: Maquoketa "hair" character

by Danielle Wagner

MAQUOKETA (KWWL) Real men where pink... in their hair. Chris Schveiger is the Fun After School Time or FAST Coordinator at Sunshine Preschool and Daycare in Maquoketa.

Kindergarten through sixth graders recently held a fundraiser to help pay for summer field trips and character based programs.

"We just went out and got donations from people willing to donate," said 11-year-old Charles Hoovey. 

If the students raised $1,000 Schveiger had to get a mohawk. If the students raised $1,500 he'd dye his hair pink. And if the students raised $2,500 another teacher would dye her hair purple.

"Making $2500 is crazy. They really went all out, and I'm proud of them all," said Schveiger. 

The students got to watch as their teachers got some colorful hair.

"I thought it was pretty cool because I've never seen a person getting their hair dyed a different color," said 10-year-old Brooke Klemann. 

Schveiger said he wasn't sure the students could raise all the money, but he's happy to follow through on his end of the bargain.

"I want to be a good role model for my kids, and I expect them to get creative and step out of the box and do different stuff," he said. 

During the summer, the FAST program reinforces what students learn during the school year... including the pillars of character.

Schveiger hopes his pink hair is another reminder why character counts.

The students give his hair two thumbs up.

"Looks good," said Hoovey. 

"It's kinda cool, but kinda freaky at the same time," said Klemann. 

"I did look in the mirror once. It's hair, it grows back. That's all I can really say right now!" said Schveiger.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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