Lyman Hair-cut-a-thon brings in funds for post-grad party

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Wed., Dec. 14, 2011
Lyman Memorial senior Shannon Flannery volunteered to man the check-in table at the Hair-cut-a-thon on Dec. 13. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Lyman Memorial senior Shannon Flannery volunteered to man the check-in table at the Hair-cut-a-thon on Dec. 13. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Lyman Memorial High School senior Shannon Flannery drew the long straw of the evening. Several senior boys had volunteered to sweep up hair at the school’s Hair-cut-a-thon, held Dec. 13 outside the school’s gymnasium. But Flannery scored the prime spot, sitting at the check-in table where she could socialize with the customers and preside over the appointments and chair assignments. It was, at times, fast-paced work, which is good news for the Lyman Memorial senior class.

The Hair-cut-a-thon is just one of several fundraisers scheduled throughout the year for the Class of 2012’s post-graduation party. As for what activities would be available at this year’s party: “It’s a surprise,” said Flannery. The location of the event, and the activities available, are guarded secrets until the night of the party. “We get on a bus and they take us there after graduation,” said Flannery.

Previous parties have featured a harbor cruise (2009) and Nomad’s in South Windsor (2010), where students enjoyed laser tag, rock climbing, video games, inflatables and other activities. With parties averaging $20,000, a number of fundraising activities are required to come up with the cash. Already this year, the seniors have hosted a breakfast, and they are selling chocolate lollipops, custom-made by Munson’s, with “Class of 2012” on them. Future events include an auction in May, offering a wide variety of goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals.

The Hair-cut-a-thon brought back three stylists who donated their services for last year’s fundraiser: Jennifer Ballsieper, Robbin McGee and Lisa Hoyt. Joining the trio this year was stylist Colleen Bradley.

The Lyman post-grad party traditionally draws in a large percentage of the graduating class, keeping students safe on one of the most dangerous nights of the year for inexperienced teen drivers.

Contact the parent of a Lyman senior to purchase one of the class lollipops, or for more information regarding upcoming events.

Contact Melanie Savage with story ideas, questions, or comments at msavage@remindernet.com.


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