Principal proud to sport spiked pink hair

Thursday, March 13th 2008, 6:04 pm
By: News 9

By Melissa Maynarich, NEWS 9

A metro principal is raising money for a good cause and causing quite a scene with a hairdo.

A Bethany school playground is like many others around the metro. It's full of energetic kids enjoying a warm Oklahoma afternoon, but what makes it stand out is Principal John Lunn.

Lunn is the Lake Park Elementary school administrator, with a hot pink Mohawk.

The pink headed principal actually wanted this haircut. He encouraged students to raise money for the school district's annual cancer drive and then made them a deal.

"Last year we challenged them with a blue Mohawk and they raised $8,000, but this year we said hey let's try pink," Lunn said.

The kids responded, raising more than $9,000.

"That is the highest amount that we've given as a school," Lunn said.

During an assembly this week, the students who helped raise the money got to take part in shaving Principal Lunn's head, then spiking it with gel and then, of course, making it hot pink.

The Mohawk is just half of the story.

The money's going straight to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Over the past 33 years Putnam City Schools have donated more than $2.6 million to the organization.

Dr. Linda Thompson and her crew of six are working hard to find a cure for cancers that kill nearly 7,500 Oklahomans each year. The money donated to her lab from Lunn's school not only advances the research, it also makes her proud.

"It's really a win win situation," Thompson said. "Because of course OMRF benefits financially from it, but I think the lessons that the kids learn in terms of community involvement and responsibility and to give something back is equally important."

Back at Lake Park Elementary, Principal Lunn said having pink hair is a small price to pay, especially if it's helping to make a difference in someone's life that has cancer. But really, he says, it's the kids who are helping the most.

"These kids have just done an awesome job; they have gone beyond themselves to raise money for others," Lunn said.