2015 December, Student Life, The Big Snip, Jing

The Big Snip
by Panru Jing, 2017 (posted 12-21-15)

On December 7, the H.I.S.T.O.R.Y. Club held “The Big Snip, a fundraiser created by club advisor Mr. Gagliardi. Throughout the last couple years, Mr. Gagliardi has been working on a 1897 yearbook update. It will be a mix of the original and a modernized yearbook, featuring autobiographies of all 19 seniors that year and old artifacts of the time period. This year, the H.I.S.T.O.R.Y. Club is hoping to finish and publish the yearbook, to sell to anyone that would be interested. However, they do not have enough funds yet to print many copies.

During a meeting, Mr. Gagliardi excitedly told the members, “I was thinking about what I had to offer for a fundraiser and I realized my beard was it!”

Flyers were made and posted featuring “The Big Snip” where Mrs. Gagliardi asked students to help her cut off her husband's dreaded beard. The style is called “Mutton Chops” and President Chester A. Arthur has been the only president to have grown one.

Mrs. Gagliardi had said,”If only [Mr. Gagliardi] shaves that beard, he would look 10 years younger!”

And so, for a week, members sat at a table during lunch to sell $1 tickets. 10 winners would be picked to have a snip at Mr. G.’s beard.

Monday, December 6, Mr. G had a giant board with the 10 winners and a box full of scissors. A reporter from The Cheshire Herald even came to speak to some winners and take pictures. By the end of the day, Mr. Gagliardi was sporting a new and half shaven look. The funds received will go towards the printing of the 1897 yearbook update.