Fundraising reward a squeal for kids

After students meet goal, principal and teachers keep promise to get piggy with it

Dual Immersion Academy Principal Rosa Culver puckers as she kisses Tobias in front of an assembly to celebrate Kiss a Pig Fundraiser. The children raised over $1500 and as promised if the children raised over $1000, the principal had to pucker up.

Students at Dual Immersion Academy made a sooey-t deal with teachers last week.

The students were challenged to raise $1,000 in one week by collecting spare change, and the winning classroom would watch its teacher kiss a real pig. As an added bonus, if more than $1,000 was raised, Principal Rosa Culver agreed to kiss the pig, too.

The 256 children enrolled in the school did their part, raising $1,537 in seven days for a new water fountain for the school’s playground.

And Wednesday, the pig kissing commenced.

Students chanted, “Kiss a pig, kiss a pig,” as they entered the Riverside School building for an assembly Wednesday afternoon.

“The kids are just so excited about this,” said Rhonda Goff, Parent Teacher Association president, “All the kids worked really hard with this project.”

Laughter rang throughout the gym as the students watched the winning kindergarten teacher,
Mr. Patricio Serrano, reservedly kiss what turned out to be a two-pound, baby, potbelly pig named Little Tobias.

Mr. Serrano’s class raised $332.34.

In second place was Mrs. Rebeca Barnes’ fourth-grade class, which raised $226.68. Principal Culver slathered Barnes’ lips with red lipstick before she puckered up for a big smooch.

Little Tobias squealed, scaring Mrs. Barnes and leaving the children lying on the gym floor in laughter.

“I think it’s going to be wet and slimy,” Culver said with a grimace.

Culver and third-grade teacher Juan Caiza then took their turns puckering up.

Little Tobias was provided by Sioux Robbins of Pig-A-Sus Homestead Sanctuary in Mack.

Robbins adopted the baby pig from a shelter in Las Vegas, where he was found abandoned with his siblings.

The shelter provides potbelly pigs for school functions, nursing home visits and education.

“We are just really pleasantly surprised at how well this went,” said Goff.

The children will also be rewarded with an ice cream party in the near future.


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