The Riverside Schools community is rallying around a high school freshman who has shown tremendous courage in undertaking a tough battle this year and is currently hosting a unique fundraiser for the teen and her family.
MaKayla “KK” Jenkins has been undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma (bone cancer), which has included multiple chemo treatments, as well as several trips to Houston, Texas, where she underwent an extensive surgery.
“Throughout this journey, she has remained very brave and even finished her basketball cheer season in-between treatments,” school officials said.
Riverside High School social studies teacher Tim McGill is spearheading a contest that will help raise money for MaKayla’s family during this difficulty.
McGill has been letting his hair grow since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the local area in the spring of 2020. He is allowing the Riverside students and other supporters of the fundraiser to decide how he should cut and style his long-flowing locks.
Individuals who donate to the cause will have the opportunity to vote for one of four hairstyles, which the teacher will wear for one week to school, and other public places, track meets, church etc.
The hair styles to choose from are: mullet with mustache; the Wolverine with beard; the classic mohawk with beard; or Viking undercut with beard.
The most money given to a specific hairstyle wins the contest.
Money can be given by the students and staff during school lunch or in the school office.
For those who give via GoFundMe, leave your hairstyle vote in the comments of your donation.
May 14, the winning hairstyle will be announced and McGill’s haircut will be Live Streamed on the district’s Facebook page.