Giving Back With Pie

Students at Wolf Point’s Northside Elementary School got to show their school spirit by bidding to throw pies in the faces of educators at a school-wide assembly Thursday, Feb. 14. The annual fundraising stunt generated a lot of smiles and $210 for in-house use at the school.

To gain the privilege of blasting their favorite teachers, students purchased tickets over a two-week period at 25 cents each and entered a drawing. In the past, some students have spent as much as $50 to increase their odds. The record this year was $20.
Northside teacher Amanda Damon used the fundraiaser to her advantage in the classroom, purchasing approximately $5 worth of tickets per day to give out as rewards for good behavior.
A flier in the school gym announced participating teachers’ names and the amounts raised to add pie to the menu. Damon was in first place with $47.75 raised. Science teacher Riley Walquist came in second with $45.25. Other teacher targets included Richard Ryan, Lee Vandall, Emar Eymard, Claine Raining Bird, Travis St. Germaine, Christopher Perlingiero and Vicky Boysun.
According to fifth-grade teacher Dianne Bailey, students raised an additional $200 with a Valentine’s Day fundraiser. Both events compensate somewhat for the lack of any parent/teacher organizations at the school. The Southside School also lacks PTO involvement.
Coming up: A lunch is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the school for fifth graders and their relatives. School representatives have also invited some community leaders to attend, including area first responders, city council members and area business leaders.
“Our hope,” said Bailey, “is that no children have to eat by themselves.”
Bailey extended a general invite to members of the community.
For more information about attending the lunch, contact the Northside School at 653-1653.

Photo: Fourth-grade teacher Mandi Damon shares some pie with her son, Northside 5th grader Richard Campbell Feb. 14.