Pink the color of inspiration for Union Hill students |

Pink the color of inspiration for Union Hill students

Union Hill teachers Mike Kochis and Chuck Ross dyed their hair pink and dressed in ballerina tutus to inspire students to meet their goal for the school’s annual food drive.
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Two Union Hill teachers dyed their hair pink to serve as a positive example to their middle school students.

Yep, you read that right.

Mike Kochis and Chuck Ross, teachers at the Grass Valley middle school, agreed to alter the color of their locks if students met and/or exceeded their goals relating to Union Hill’s annual food drive.

Goaded on by the prospect of having their teachers direct their education with pink manes, Union Hill students rallied and managed to garner more than 2,500 food items, more than doubling the rather lofty goal of 1,000 items set by Principal Joe Limov and Food Drive Coordinator Brooke Blake.

“The students of Union Hill School know how to make a difference in the lives of those that are less fortunate,” Limov said. “The school community feels it is a privilege to be able to contribute to those that are in need.”

Not content to simply change the color of their to a brilliant neon pink, Ross and Kochis also wore ballerina tutus during class.

The total haul of the food drive indicates that students significantly exceeded the two items per student the administration was hoping for when it established its goal.

“We are so proud of our students and their families,” Blake said. “Each week they reached a new goal. It was truly inspiring.”

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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