Teacher Shaves Head After Students Surpass Fundraising Goal

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COLUMBIA - Gentry Middle School teacher Dean Klempke shaved his head Friday live on KOMU 8 News at Noon after his students raised more than enough jars of peanut butter to meet the 2,000 goal. This is the third time the science teacher gave his students the challenge of raising the jars for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri's Buddy Pack program. This year, his students raised the most peanut butter of any of the fundraisers.

The Buddy Pack program sends food home with students over the weekend and holidays who may not have enough to eat at home. Items needed for the packs include backpacks, pop-top canned fruits, pop-top canned soup, 100 percent fruit juice, granola bars, crackers and of course, peanut butter.

The food bank partners with schools in all of the 32 counties it serves, including Boone County where Gentry Middle School is located. This school year the Buddy Pack program will feed approximately 6,700 students weekly.

Klempke threw in the extra incentive of shaving his head this year to help encourage his students to reach the goal.  Right now, the total amount of jars collected stands at more than 2,500 and counting.