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Supplies drive is easy as pie

Students take aim at teachers and administrators

Students take aim at teachers and administrators

November 29, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Most wore plastic ponchos or trash bags, even a shower cap.

A few pleaded, "Don't get any on my clothes."

But it was inevitable.

The students took aim and fired.

The slippery and sticky whipped cream smashed into faces and dripped onto clothes.

Teachers and administrators at Bester Elementary School said they volunteered to have students hit them with pie tins filled with whipped cream Tuesday afternoon as a reward. The students earned it by donating more than 1,000 school supplies for two needy schools in the Dominican Republic.

Tyler Moses, 9, was one of about 10 students selected at random to toss a tin. He described drenching his fourth-grade teacher as "fun."

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Most of Bester Elementary's nearly 600 students were in the school's auditorium for the assembly, laughing and screaming with joy when each teacher and administrator took a pie to the face.

First-grade teacher Jennifer Taksa brought the idea of collecting school supplies for children in the Dominican Republic to Bester after she went on a mission trip there in June.

"They just have nothing," Taksa said.

Bester students collected school supplies for about three weeks in October and November. Taska said teachers continued to raise the bar, and if they collected 1,000 school supplies, they would get to throw a pie at their principal.

At first, Principal Kathy Stiles said, she questioned whether students should be throwing pies at administrators. She finally gave in, thinking they would never be able to donate that many.

"That's all they talked about," Taksa said.

The student who threw the whipped cream at Stiles saved his allowance for weeks, and used it to buy a DVD player that will go to the Dominican students.

Students said they most enjoyed watching Stiles and Assistant Principal Dr. Teri Williamson get hit with a pie. Williamson arrived at the assembly in a raincoat and sunglasses.

Seeing this, nearly every student in the auditorium erupted with cries of "Cheater!"

Kira Poole, a 10-year-old fifth-grader, said she wanted Williamson to get hit.

"It was awesome because we finally paid back the teachers," Kira said. "I had a lot of fun."

Michell Marte, a pastor at one of the schools in the Dominican Republic that will be receiving the supplies, said students at his school would feel the same way about the chance to throw a pie at one of their own teachers.

"They would be glad to," he said.

While their feelings about getting their teachers messy are the same, Marte said the students go to school in strikingly different environments.

While Taksa's class was filled with colorful posters, books, magnets and drawings, Marte said classrooms at his school are bare.

"It's a board, a chair, a desk and a teacher," he said. "There are no books like you have here."

When Taksa goes at the end of December to deliver some of the supplies, Marte said she is going to bring other supplies so teachers can decorate their classrooms.

"(The supplies) are going to mean a lot to a lot of students," Taksa told the students at the assembly.

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