Bollman Bridge pupils go hog wild as teacher smooches

NEIGHBORS

April 21, 2000|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PIG KISSING. This obscure rite harks back to those days when greed was good, especially if it helped to finance the local PTA.

The challenge was issued last month at Bollman Bridge Elementary: If schoolchildren and their families bought 250 tubs of chocolate cookie dough from Market Day, a PTA fund-raising activity, the principal would kiss a pig.

According to Rhonda Smith, the PTA mother in charge of Market Day, it seemed as if Principal Pam Butler's lips were safe from swine contact. But when sales had been tallied, families and staff members had bought 282 tubs.

Fortunately for the PTA, although a bit less so for Butler, Smith's husband, Larry, had met members of the Dayton 4-H Club through a Howard Community College class.

Margaret and Laura Johnson of Dayton had two kissable porkers on hand -- 60-pounders born on Valentine's Day.

The date was set -- the last day of school before spring break.

With everyone going home for a week before reappearing in class, memories of the fateful encounter might fade.

According to third-grader Ariel Wehland, an astute observer and piggy connoisseur, everyone anticipated the event that day, April 14.

"It started with the morning announcements. [Butler] said, `Today is the day,' " Ariel said.

According to Ariel, at 2: 30 p.m. Butler came over the intercom and said, "Staff and students go outside. It's time for me to kiss the pig."

The children ran out yelling, "Kiss the pig! Kiss the pig!"

Ariel reports the two pink pigs were brought out wearing red ribbons around their necks. Teachers urged on the pupils' glee by encouraging the chant, "On the lips."

Some thoughtful soul had even put lipstick on the pigs' snouts. Butler also wore bright red lip gloss -- to prove she'd really done the job.

After Butler kissed the first pig on the forehead, the pupils screamed, "One more time!"

Butler obliged, kissing the second pig squarely on the snout.

Thanks to all who helped the PTA raise funds with this program and thank you to Butler, who braved porcine flesh -- and got a bit of piggy hair on her face for being such a good sport.

Coffee house

Folks who enjoyed the coffeehouse night held last fall at Savage United Methodist Church can rejoice.

The venture was so popular that it is to be a bimonthly event.

Called the Praise Cafe, this free family-friendly occasion will feature music, coffee and light snacks.

The dates are May 13, July 8, Sept. 9 and Nov. 11.

Featured are Christian contemporary, gospel and bluegrass music by area artists, as well as Starbucks coffee and baked goods.

Among next month'sperformers will be Jack and Bonnie Treiber, Nancy White and Mark Roger.

Admission is free; there will be a donation basket.

No reservations required -- just show up from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Yard sale

If the bulbs are blooming, can yard sales be far behind?

It's that season again when bargain shoppers prowl the streets looking for garage sales and yard sales.

The Men's Brotherhood at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton will make the hunt for treasure easier by sponsoring a flea market and yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6.

Troll for treasures, dine on barbecue, take home goodies from the bake sale and enjoy the company.

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