WASHINGTON CITY – Students at Coral Canyon Elementary School in Washington City had a rare opportunity to reverse roles and “discipline” their principal by throwing cream pies at her in a good-natured but messy celebration Friday morning.
Students got to splatter their principal, Jennifer Eggleston, with whipped cream pies at an assembly held to celebrate the success of the school’s Rock’n Walkathon PTA fundraiser, held earlier in the week. Eggleston dressed up as a clown for the occasion.
“We went above and beyond our goal,” PTA President Shannon Hinman said, “and so, today, we get to throw pies at our principal.”
The goal for the fundraiser was $4,000, and this year’s event exceeded that goal, raising almost $4,700. To raise money, students asked their families and friends to donate, or sponsor them, in the walkathon.
Students used their physical education time to walk or run laps on the track, accumulating distance and marking off the laps on the backs of their T-shirts, said Hinman, who ran beside each class of students as they completed their laps. She accumulated 26.2 miles, the equivalent of a full marathon, by the end of the fundraiser.
“As a PTA president, I like to see that the kids are getting their exercise in,” Hinman said.
These walkathon fundraising efforts have been going on for four years, Hinman said. At last year’s assembly, Principal Eggleston wrestled a pig.
Prizes awarded to the participating students included several scooters – with helmets, of course – and an iPad mini donated by Family Pawn for the school’s top fundraiser, a first-grader.
Funds raised by the annual walkathons are used for different school projects, Hinman said. A big chunk of this year’s proceeds will be used to tint all the windows at the elementary school. The window tint is needed for both privacy and energy efficiency, she said.
“It also funds next year’s PTA activities, such as field trips,” Hinman said.
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