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A clean shave

Most of the 30 or so men participating in Mustaches for Kids in Baltimore will ask family and friends for donations. Dr. Alonso plans to send an e-mail today to the entire city school system. The freshly-shaved CEO and school board member Bob Heck were at Mother's Grille in Federal Hill last night for the kickoff of the mustaches fundraiser, which will run for a month.

About 20 of the mustache growers, Alonso, Heck and a group of teachers from Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle included, are raising money for city classroom projects requested on the Web site DonorsChoose.org. Another 10 or so are growing mustaches to help make a group home handicapped-accessible for a 13-year-old city boy who was paralyzed in a shooting.

All had to start out yesterday with clean faces.

Heck is participating over the objections of his 8-year-old son, who was distraught to learn that Dad will soon be sporting a 'stache. Alonso, who has had a mustache or beard since he was a teenager, says he was last clean-shaven on a trip to Europe in 1986, the summer before he became a teacher.

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UPDATE, 11/14: Check out Laura Vozzella's column today about this (also note the quote from school board member Neil Duke in his day job as a lawyer), and another picture below of Alonso and Heck with the Cherry Hill teachers. All photos were taken by Sun photographer Kenneth Lam.

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