Three Henry Puffer Grade School first-graders last week stood face to face with their principal.
And then they threw pies at him.
The school participated in a Thanksgiving fundraiser to help 12 of the school’s families buy a turkey. Each classroom was also given a list of canned food items needed to complete a Thanksgiving dinner. This was the first year for the fundraiser and the school raised $385.
The first-grade class raised the most money, and as a reward, classmates Elisabeth Delegan, Isabella Marrandino and Joshua Reams, all of Downers Grove, were randomly chosen to hurl a whipped cream pie at Principal Todd McDaniel.
McDaniel came prepared with a trash bag tarp. And he needed it.
Although Isabella and Joshua’s throws came close, Elisabeth hit a bull’s eye.
“It’s all in good fun and as long as it goes to a good cause, it is certainly worth while,” McDaniel said.
Katie Hurckes teaches sixth grade and is the student council adviser. She said the student council collected the money during lunch periods and tallied each class’ donations.
“We were really proud of the students,” Hurckes said. “Not only to just help out, but to help other families in the school.”
She said students could bring up to $1 a day. For every 10 cents raised by a student, their class received a stamp on the feathers of a giant turkey made out of construction paper hung on a wall in the cafeteria.