Not too many people know what it’s like to kiss a pig. Thanks to the students, the Family Teacher Organization and supporters of Foothills Elementary, principal, Amy Vagnier has had the unique experience of puckering up with a pig.
Vagnier challenged the students of Foothills Elementary to raise more than $20,000 in the school’s annual fundraiser, Raccoon Romp. The students rose to the challenge and raised more than $32,000 for the school.
Raccoon Romp, which is the culmination of the school’s spirit week, is sponsored by the Family Teacher Organization of Foothills Elementary. The festivities were kicked off with a pep rally and continued with spirit week. Each day of spirit week had a different theme, including crazy hat day, sports shirt day, pajama day and crazy hair day.
“Spirit week builds the momentum all week,” Vagnier said. “It builds school pride.”
Throughout the week, students took pledges and donations for each lap they completed. On Friday, the school’s mascot, Rocky Raccoon, kicked off the romp. The fourth graders were first to see how many laps they could complete around the quarter mile loop around the back of the school. Then, the kindergartners took their turn and were followed by the first, second and third graders.
“It’s my favorite day of the year,” said second grader Seth Bowden. “The exercise, and the people cheering you on make it fun.”
“I like raising money for the school and running the laps,” said second grader Kevin Cassidy.
Thanks to their sponsor, Mayfield Dairy, the students cooled down with an ice cream sandwich after they romped. Sponsors also pitched in to provide water bottles and other supplies that helped the fundraiser run smoothly. Foothills’ Adopt-a-School sponsor, BB&T bank, purchased the red T-shirts the student wore on romp day and that are also worn on class trips throughout the year.
“All the volunteers made it all come together,” Vagnier said of Raccoon Romp. The money raised from Raccoon Romp will go back to the school, according to Raccoon Romp co-chair, Susan Bihl.
“We want the kids to realize the benefits of the money earned,” Bihl said. In previous years, the FTO has purchased equipment to supplement a second computer lab, to purchase classroom rugs and atomic clocks, provide funding for author and illustrator visits, help new teachers at the school buy supplies for their classrooms and provide scholarships for student field trips, to name a few.