The red-bearded assistant principal at Robinson Elementary School in Akron came home Monday to show his children, 3 and 5, his bare face for the first time in their lives.

After students raised $500 for the PTA, which is heavily staffed by teachers and administrators, Walter Noland agreed to let Robyn Rooker shave his beard, which had covered his face for eight years.

Rooker’s fifth-grade class raised the most, giving her the honor of wielding the clippers.

The shave was part of a series of fundraising efforts brainstormed by the PTA.

“My boss, the principal, is bald,” the now clean-cut Noland said, laughing. “He didn’t have anything to offer, so I took the plunge and just went with it.”

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