Getting messy for a good cause



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McDowell Intermediate School third grade teacher Michelle Smith is duct taped to the wall by students.


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Russell-McDowell Intermediate School third grade teacher Denise Spainhower smiles after having shaving cream pies smashed on her by students.



FLATWOODS Cheers filled the Russell-McDowell Intermediate School gymnasium Friday morning as shaving cream pies were swiftly smashed into the faces of faculty members by students.

The “pieing” was the school’s reward for exceeding their donation goal to Pennies for Patients, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students brought in more than $2,000 within three weeks, surpassing their initial target of $1,500.

“We have a little over 500 kids so we felt like that was pretty reasonable,” said counselor Jalina Wheeler about the goal.

She touched on the students’ commitment, pointing out that one student brought in $200 of his own money.

Students from the classes who racked in the most donations were selected to pie the RMIS faculty, which included teachers, assistant principal Beth Westenhofer and school resource officer Bryan Tackett. Those who individually brought in at least a dollar in donations were also able to duct tape a select group of teachers to the wall.

“The kids are really proud,” said Wheeler, adding that the school wanted to allow them to celebrate their achievement.

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