LIVINGSTON – There are fundraisers and then there are "fun"-raisers and that idea was demonstrated to Livingston students during the "Kiss the Pig" event conducted on all three elementary campuses.
Students contributed a penny per vote to select who among the school's administrative and teaching staff got the honor of kissing a live pig in front of the student body.
A total of $1,646.92 was raised, which will be donated to the Polk County Relay for Life by the Educators for a Cure Team in April. The Relay for Life is the big local fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the Educators for a Cure Team is composed of school personnel who work to raise money for the fight against cancer throughout the year.
The students and staff of Cedar Grove, Pine Ridge, and Timber Creek elementary schools have a history of giving when it comes to fundraisers for Relay for Life. The campuses use a variety of events throughout the year including selling "Smencils," cupcake sales, luncheons, t-shirt sales, Santa pictures, hat days, jean days, wind suit days, Kiss the Pig and Kid Walk to generate the donation that Educators for a Cure make to Relay for Life.
The team donated $8,158 last year and received the "Super School Team" award.
This year the team hopes to top last year's total and with last week's Kiss the Pig event, appear to be well on their way to meeting that goal.
Those who "won" the right to kiss the pig this year included Mrs. Barnes, Ms. Bookman, Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Cotton, Mrs. Eickenhorst, Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. Greer, Mrs. Haynes, Coach Isaacs, Mrs. Long, Mrs. McDaniel, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Patranella, Mrs. Placker, Mrs. Plunk, Dr. Sewell, Ms. Vera and Mrs. Waters.