After raising over $600 for the Senior Class, government teacher Sydney Olson kissed Toby the pig.
Throughout the week various teachers collected encouraged their students to donate to the annual Kiss the Pig fundraiser. The Sophomore Class activity uses the money collected to provide Thanksgiving baskets for need Boone families.
“The baskets include food items like Turkey, potatoes, and marsh mellows,” Sophomore Class president Aoife Tobin said.
Sophomore Class collected just over $1800 total. Olson (12th) raised over $600, Kimberly Smith (9th) over $200, Casey Stilwell (11th) around $160, and Leah Mapp (10th) about $40. Collecting funds from classmates during lunch, the officers raising $260 in hopes of getting Principal Dusty Johns to kiss the pig.
“I was mostly looking forward to seeing a teacher kiss the pig as well as the reactions of students as they receive their thanksgiving meals,” freshman Rachel-ligh Lakatos Said.
“This year we made a video to promote the event. It was on Braves TV and we really hoped it would excite students on campus. We also invested a lot of time in social media promos,” Tobin said. “Last year, the Sophomore Class raised more than $2,400 which is insane; it’s an uncanny amount. Our initial goal is to pass $1,500 and beat last year’s total. Kiss the pig shows how much Boone as a whole cares about their students and their families well-being.”
Students participated for the entertaining value of seeing a teacher kiss a pig, but also for the good of the cause.
“It makes me really happy to help others,” senior Sarah Reinhardt said.