Over the winter students at St. John's Lutheran School worked feverishly to fill two jugs with money in an effort to build a new playground.

Over the winter students at St. John’s Lutheran School worked feverishly to fill two jugs with money in an effort to build a new playground.

According to Principal Dan Rick, as an incentive to raise money for the playground, he committed to either shaving his head bald or having a pink mohawk, depending on which one of the money jugs was the most filled.

On Friday, March 14, the fundraiser ended and the jug that contained the most coins with over $1,200, was the one that featured Mr. Rick with a pink mohawk.

The tally on how much money was raised was over $28,000 with another $2,000 needed for the new school playground.

On Tuesday, May 20, Rick prepared to have that pink mohawk.

“We are only $2,000 away and I’ve enjoyed the enthusiasm the kids have for this. We do need a new playground and this is a great way to get our students excited for next school year,” Rick said, adding that he’s had a mohawk in the past, but never a pink mohawk.

“The show of support (for this fundraising effort and the haircut) shows that as a congregation and a school we are one big family and we are doing something great for our school,” Rick noted.

The new playground will feature four slides, one of which will be 14 feet high and five climbing walls. Currently the playground features one slide and three climbing walls.

The playground will be constructed of all metal and meets all playground standards with handicap accessibility and health guidelines for all ages.

The playground is planned to be in place by the start of the 2014-15 school year.