Jefferson Elementary School students gave of their time and some gave their own money to help the needy. Their goal was to raise $300 through registrations and sponsorships for the fun-run and other fundraising activities. Money raised will be split between the local Afterschool Program and the Pocatello/Africa Sister City to help sustain their projects.
Lucy Barbato, an Afterschool coordinator felt that the program was a joy for the kids. She observed,“What a fun way to encourage the kids to raise money than to throw a pie in one of our faces.”
Children have raised $400 which exceeded their goal. Therefore, Afterschool directors and assistants will be taking a pie in the face to celebrate their success. Students earned the right to throw pies through good behavior and for participation in the event. The kids didn’t know about the pie in the face until my interview with one of the after school coordinators
“Well that’s the part they don’t know about our goal was set for the fun run to raise $300 and our kids raised $427. So they raised $127 over their goal so as a reward, all four teachers are going to get a pie,” Barbato said.
The children started out gingerly but became bolder with each pie in the face experience. By the end it was a true whipped creaming. One student I spoke to had this to say about her experience putting a pie in the administrator’s face.
“I just wanted to make sure that he was covered,” said the Tylin Fitzen, the first pie thrower.
The pie in the face experience certainly gave the administrators and the students a chance to come together and work towards a common goal. One student and administrator that I spoke to both felt that the pie in the face would be an excellent motivator to help them help others, in the future.