A little more than a week ago, more than 200 Harris Road Middle School students and staff went home with pink hair.
No, it wasn't a science experiment gone bad. They did it to raise money for breast cancer research and local patient care.
Hair stylists from Salon Premiere, at Cannon Crossroads shopping center, visited the school to put in pink hair extensions to those who bought tickets. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this month, all the proceeds went to help fight this devastating disease.
But the staff and students at Harris Road Middle School did not stop there.
They also held a silent auction last week, in which the public could get pink hair extensions, too. Thousands of dollars worth of baskets, gift certificates, goods and services also were up for bidding.
Those events resulted from the brainstorming of seventh-grade teacher Michelle Hudson.
"I knew that adding 'Pink Hair for Hope' to the silent auction festivities would be a great success," Hudson said. "I had a hard time finding a salon to participate, but out of the blue, Salon Premier called Harris Road Middle School to see if we were interested in doing it.
"The timing couldn't have been more perfect," Hudson said. "Not only were they able to participate in the auction, the wonderful stylists were excited to offer pink hair to our student body during the Think Pink Spirit Week."
"I have worked for the last six months collecting donations from local and national companies for the auction," she said. "The student body and staff ... have also worked diligently the last few weeks to prepare for the event. Over 200 middle-schoolers created baskets in their homerooms to sell at the auction."
Adults weren't the only ones getting into the bidding; there also was a "kids only" area where children ages 6 to 16 could bid on items exclusively for them without getting outbid by adults.
"Students are learning about the disease, working cooperatively with one another and reaching out to help the greater Charlotte community," Hudson said. "Money donated to the Avon Walk for breast cancer is ... used by research facilities in our own state, (and) a portion of the money raised is spent on helping breast cancer patients in our own community."
The total amount raised came to more than $4,000. It proves that all it takes is one person to make a difference and get the ball rolling.
"As a teacher, I am so proud of the hard work my students have put into this event," Hudson said. "As a walker in fighting to beat breast cancer, it motivates me to see the excitement in their eyes."
This is just one of the many fundraisers Hudson arranged to raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. She plans to participate in the walk at the end of this month.
If you would like to contribute, go to www.avonwalk.org, then click on "Charlotte" and type in "Michelle Hudson."