On May 24, Wyomissing Area Senior and Junior High School building principals puckered up for Hatfield the pig during a school assembly.Mr. William Hartman, Mr. Corbett Babb and Mr. Michael Ashton agreed to kiss a pig after the Wyomissing Area Junior High School students raised over $3000 during the "Pennies for Pasta" campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The school's organizer was Melissa Devlin, who is the building's student council advisor. She said this is the second time that she and her co-advisor, Jen Mangold, participated in the event.
"We've continued it because it's a good cause. We like teaching the kids about the importance of charity, and it's a good fundraiser for younger kids with the pennies," said Devlin.
The campaign, which was sponsored by the Olive Garden, began on March 19 through April 13. During this time the seventh and eighth graders saved all of their pennies and loose change in hopes of succeeding last year's amount of $1,800.
"We were extremely impressed with our students for raising so much money. There were a few homerooms who contributed several hundred dollars throughout the three week event. Nearly everyone of the 20 home-rooms participated, and the competition among the seventh grade homerooms was fierce," explained Devlin.
The top three winning home-rooms were Mr. Hetrich's (third place), Mr. Shomgard's (second place), and Mr. Allen's (first place). These rooms received prizes such as a limo lunch to Shady Maple, an Olive Garden luncheon, and an ice cream sundae party.
Caroline Paige, a representative from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society announced during the assembly that the money will be used for research and to help families who are dealing with this disease. In addition, Paige said that the students ranked No. 6 in the region in raising funds for the society.