5/21/2014 8:13:00 AM Winfair Relay Recess tops in Midwest Division
MUCH TO THE DELIGHT of Winfair Elementary students, Winfair Principal Wayland Denny planted a peck on the forehead of this piggy, following through on his vow to students to kiss a pig if they raised $6,000 in the Relay Recess.
First, he took a pie in the face. Then, he wore a dress and sang the song "Let It Go."
Thursday afternoon, Winfair Elementary Principal Wayland Denny petted a pig and then gave it a kiss on the forehead - twice - much to the delight of Winfair students and staff.
It was all part of Winfair Elementary's third Relay Recess on the school's grounds in Windom. Denny challenged students with stunts if they could reach milestones in raising funds for the American Cancer Society through the Relay Recess campaign. It's elementary schools' way of contributing to the more well-known ACS summer fund-raising event Relay For Life.
In 2014, Winfair Elementary's goal was to break last year's mark of $5,900. To challenge students to sell paper cut-out feet, Denny would take a pie in the face if they raised $2,000; wear a dress and sing a song if they raised $4,000; and kiss a pig if they raised $6,000.
The school did all three and so did Denny.
In the end, the school smashed last year's record total by raising a whopping $6,668.50.
Greg Rossow, community relations representative for the ACS, announced that the school not only was the top fund-raiser in the state of Minnesota but the top fund-raising school in the Midwest Division, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota.
Winfair not only had a collective challenge from Denny, but also had class and individual competitions. The top fund-raising class was Mrs. Shirkey's kindergarten class, which raised $686.25, and will receive a pizza party for their efforts.
Individually, second-grader Maddie Alvstad raised the most money with $280, while kindergartner Logan Hanson raised $275 for second place. Third-grader Makenna McNamara finished third with $180.
Winfair students spent a windy and chilly afternoon walking - and running - an oval-shaped track defined by luminarias. However, few seemed to be bothered by the conditions and actually were willing to brave the elements for the opportunity to watch their principal smooch a pig.
In fact, as students gathered for announcements and the big moment, they began chanting, "KISS - THE - PIG!" The moment finally arrived when local pork producer Andy Maras carried a shivering little porker before students with Principal Denny walking alongside petting the animal.
Then, he pecked it on the forehead. And when a local photographer missed the moment, he quickly offered a second Kodak moment by pecking the porker on the forehead again.