Principals Get "Punked," Shaven for African Library Project

California Elementary School Principal rocks out after getting "punked" for the African Library Project. Rocking out with Steffes; from left, Bella Capelli Salon, Jefferson City, Stylist Amanda Bunch, Steffes, Bella Capelli Stylist Heather Hamburg and Heidi Loring, who helps coordinate the ALP at California Elementary along with fellow teachers Nicki Kelley and Jill Meisenheimer.

California Elementary School Principal rocks out after getting "punked" for the African Library Project. Rocking out with Steffes; from left, Bella Capelli Salon, Jefferson City, Stylist Amanda Bunch, Steffes, Bella Capelli Stylist Heather Hamburg and Heidi Loring, who helps coordinate the ALP at California Elementary along with fellow teachers Nicki Kelley and Jill Meisenheimer. Photo by John Inman.

California Elementary School watched Principal Terri Steffes get "punked" at an assembly to promote the African Library Project (ALP).

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Bella Capelli Salon, Jefferson City, Sylists Amanda Bunch and Heather Hamburg style California Elementary School Principal Terri Steffes' hair into a "Punked" look.

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California Middle School Principal Matt Abernathy after shaving his hair and goatee for the African Library Project.

On March 31, at a previous ALP assembly, Steffes said, in front of ALP founder Chris Bradshaw, she would do this if the students, both elementary and middle school, raised over 1,000 books to open another library in Africa. The two schools raised 1,360 books, so as promised Steffes became a punk rocker.

Matt Abernathy, principal at the middle school, also joined in on the efforts to promote, he not only shaved his head, but also completely shaved his goatee off, which hasn't been shaved in over 15 years.

California Elementary/Middle School teachers Nicki Kelley, Jill Meisenheimer and Heidi Loring organized the event and collect books year round for the ALP. This is the third library the California School Distict has been able to start just this year with a selection of over 1,000 books. The school district has created 10 libraries in four years.

They ask If anyone has any gently used books they are willing to donate for the ALP, to please let one of the organizers know and they will gladly accept any donations.

For more information, call the elementary school at 573-796-2161 or the high school at 573-796-4911.

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