Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

School meets fund-raising goal

Director to keep bargain: she’ll kiss a pig

April 14, 2005

Wallula Christian School made more than $800 from its first pancake breakfast and matched that with sales from its annual garage sale on Saturday.

"It's a significant amount to raise for our church," school representative Teresa Hilliard said.

Because the church operates on a small budget, receiving funds only from tuition and donations, fund-raisers like these are important to buy materials like gym equipment and school supplies for classes, Hilliard said.

The $1,600 the church raised on Saturday is only half of the satisfaction. School director Teresa Bradshaw made a deal with the students of the school that if they sold more than 300 tickets to the pancake breakfast, she would kiss a pig. If they sold 400 tickets, music pastor Pete Bradshaw would also kiss a pig.

Because the students sold 301 tickets, only Teresa Bradshaw will kiss a pig, which will be provided by a local farmer.

"She wants it to be a cute, little pig, but the students want it to be a big one," Hilliard said.

Deacon of Education Brandon Pettis will coordinate the arrival of the pig at the school's gym sometime next week.

The school has held the garage sale for a number of years, but it was paired with the pancake breakfast for the first time this year. The school conducts many fund-raisers, such as frozen cookie dough sales, magazine sale and chili suppers, throughout the school year, Hilliard said. She said the success of Saturday's event most likely would lead to fewer such events in the future, with the pancake breakfast/garage sale being an annual benefit.

"We've decided to figure out what works best and stick with one or two big fund-raisers instead of many little ones throughout the year," Hilliard said.

A parents' group decided on the incentive of having Bradshaw kiss the pig.

"It sounded unique enough and something funny for the kids," Hilliard said.

Two weeks before the event, the students had just finished selling cookie dough, so the incentive gave the students motivation, she said.

The students sold 200 tickets before the event and 101 more that morning. Next year, the students want to reach their goal of selling 400 tickets so Pete Bradshaw also will have to kiss the pig.

"He is teasing the kids because he didn't have to do it," Hilliard said.

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