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Santa has a beard, and so will the men at Southwood Elementary in Raytown at the end of “Don’t Shave December”.  Male staffers at Southwood Elementary, including Principal Anson Baker, will go without shaving during the month of December, and it won’t be just for warmth.

Periodic pictures of the non-shavers will be posted in the front hall, and students and teachers will vote for the male who they think will grow the longest beard by December 17.  Votes can be cast by placing cans in boxes below the photographs.  The results of the canned good drive will be donated to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP).

“This is a fun way to help REAP,” Baker said, “and December is a good month for a little extra facial hair.”