Bulger's Beat: Smyrna H.S. teachers dye hair purple - WSMV News 4

Bulger's Beat: Smyrna H.S. teachers dye hair purple for food donations

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You could say something's in the air at Smyrna High School, but you'd be more accurate if you just said something's in the hair.

A silly offer from the school's assistant principal and teachers generated a generous outpouring of support from their students to a local food bank.

"If they would bring in 16,000 cans by Friday afternoon, I'd dye my hair purple," said Smyrna Assistant Principal Sherri Southerland.

Thirty-four teachers were quick to say they, too, would take the purple plunge, and the dye was cast.

"It's not something you see every day," said Smyrna junior Lauren Ward. "So everyone went out and started buying cans like crazy and bringing them in so we could see the purple hair."

The purple pledge worked.

"From Tuesday to Friday, our students went from 3,700 cans to 19,559 cans," Southerland said.

Since then, it's been purple curls, spikes and some ingenuity for the hair-challenged on the heads of Smyrna's leaders, with lots of snickering in the hallways.

"You could hear the students say, 'They really did it!'" Southerland said.

In the end, everyone wins, and the nearly 20,000 cans of donated food have already arrived at the Smyrna-LaVergne Food Bank.

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