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.
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.
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.