Kasson-Mantorville High School students went above and beyond in their quest to raise money for the annual KoMets vs. Cancer campaign, which benefits the Dodge County Relay for Life.
The goal was to raise $15,000. More than $19,000 About $18,600 had been raised by late last week during events ranging from silent auctions to taco feeds.
The students’ reward: Smack about 25 teachers and staffers in the face with pudding-and-whipped cream pies during a general assembly during K-M’s annual Snow Week celebration.
Senior Katie McNeill whipped up the pies, which covered the faces of all those volunteer targets as the students cheered.
“I think it’s a good way to bring our school together, and I think the reward is a good accomplishment,” she said. “All the students look forward to watching their favorite teachers get pies in the face. I think that’s cool.”
“I think it’s a lot of fun,” classmate Brittney Berge said. “It’s a good way to have everyone participate in something and know that we worked toward the overall goal.”
The girls, members of K-M’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club, helped organize the “pie a teacher” activity.
“Both of us just love volunteering and giving back,” McNeil said. “To give back to all the people who are survivors or who have passed away from cancer is a big thing.”
“I think it makes everyone realize that stuff like this happens,” Berge said. “Our community just has to come together and support it.”
FCCLA advisor Michele Lindquist praised all the students for their fundraising efforts.
“It’s awesome to see all of the different groups and organizations come together for a common cause,” she said. “It’s truly a student leadership thing. A lot of the ideas came from the students, and it was totally directed by the students. And I’m just so proud of how thoughtful and considerate they were of everyone involved.”
Lindquist was among the many pie-in-the-face victims. Who seemed to enjoy the event as much as the students.
“It’s fun for the kids,” she said. “Who doesn’t like to get back at their teacher a little bit?”
Snow Week also featured various dress-up days. And Jim Paulson and Alli Schager were named Snow Week king and queen during an assembly Feb. 21. Other king-queen candidates included Rose Kraus and Tim Beasley, Mabel Wyttenbach and Brett Paulson, Addie Murray and Hunter Bzoskie, and Anna Rechtzigel and Ethan Shea.
Student emcees related humorous stories about each student, plus their aspirations, post-high school plans, who has made the biggest impact on their lives, and which “super-power” ability they would choose.
- DCI Sports Editor Chris Schad contributed to this story