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Students in Marshfield cut their hair to remember former principal

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - Students and staff at a Marshfield school are cutting their hair for a good cause.

When you ask students at Columbus Catholic School about principal Barb Billings, they'll tell you she was one of their favorites.

“She was my teacher for drama and she just had a really big impact on my life," said Hannah Kruse of Marshfield.

Billings, or Miss B as students called her, was a teacher at the school. She was then the principal for 15 years. But in 2011, she lost her battle to ovarian cancer.

"She knows she's very loved," said Mandy Volkman, a teacher at Columbus Catholic School.

One of Miss B's former colleagues and friend came up with a special way to keep her memory alive.

"I thought with her anniversary coming up and the fact that a lot of our students were touched by Barb," said Volkman.

It started with ten students, and grew to 26 in just a week. Students and staff at the school took a seat to chop their hair off and donated it to other cancer patients. Some of them cut off up to ten inches of hair.

Some of the students only knew Billings as a familiar face. While Billings may not have been there in person, these students hope she's looking down, proud of the school she loved so much.

"She'd be really proud of us," said Kruse.

All of the hair collected at the event will be donated to Locks of Love. Organizers say they hope to make this an annual event.

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