EATON — Eaton Middle School hosted “Pie-in-the-Face Day” for the students’ final day before winter break on Friday, Dec. 18, and helped raised $250 toward fellow student Madison Schmidt’s holiday toy drive.
The EMS Student Council elected to donate money raised by the event to the toy drive in unanimous decision, according to advisor Jennifer Couch.
“Every year Pie in the Face is really a big deal, it’s a great way for us to raise money — the kids love to see teachers and other kids get pied in the face,” Couch said of the event.
Couch explained, each year the council tries to find a new charity to donate the funds to. This year a member of council suggested donating to Schmidt’s toy drive and the council quickly elected the drive as its charity.
The event raised $209 and Walmart donated $50 of in-store credit to help purchase toys for the drive, according to Couch.
The students started collecting loose change on Dec. 1, with nine different teams participating in raising money for the event; each team selected a teacher and student as its nominees to receive a pie in the face.
During lunchtime, students had a chance to put loose change in the donation box for the teacher and student pairing they most wanted to see “pied in the face.”
Once the donation period ended, the three pairings with the most money were selected to receive a pie in the face on the final day before break.
“We’re really trying to build a culture here that’s about caring,” Couch said. She said December was “Pay it Forward Month” and the students were challenged with 18 days of giving during the month.
“We really have great kids here — we are really fortunate to have kids who are willing to give to others,” Couch said of the students in Eaton Middle School. She added, “They value education and are willing to support the community and that’s what’s nice to see, because when they get older they are going to be the ones who have to.”
Members of the Eaton Middle School student council include: eighth graders: President Zac Schmidt, Vice President Molly Curry, Secretary Khushroop Kang, Treasurer Haley Gibbs, Girl Representative Arielle Detton. Seventh graders: President Jenna Aukerman, Vice President Jake White, Secretary Kylee Pitsinger, Treasurer Cari Metz, Boy Representative Ross Fogle, Girl Representative Ari Sizemore.
Sixth graders: President Henry Kochensparger, Vice President Khyler Grant, Secretary Haneet Kang Treasurer Julianne Couch, Boy Representative Dominic Isaacs, Girl Representative Kyla Mize.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.