Kiss the Pig: Woodruff Elementary School Faculty Pucker Up for Good Cause

Sherman, the pot belly pig, gives kisses for a cookie. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Thanks to an idea by Student Council Vice President Amanda Linde, 10 Woodruff Elementary School faculty members participated in the "Kiss the Pig" fundraiser. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Teacher Kathryn Morris helped Amanda with the Kiss the Pig event. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Principal Patricia Gasparini kissed the pig. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Ms. Morris recited a limerick for each of the 10 faculty members that kissed the pig. Credits: Bobbie Peer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - You could hear the chant of "Kiss the pig, kiss the pig, kiss the pig," as you entered the multi-purpose room at Woodruff Elementary School on Friday afternoon at their special St. Patrick's Day assembly. Rocking school spirit for a good cause, 10 faculty members stepped up on stage and kissed Sherman, the 16 year old 110 pound potbelly pig. 

Thanks to fifth grader Amanda Linde's student council promise, she thought it would be fun to have a "Kiss the pig" contest to raise money for a good cause.

In November, the school held a student council election where students wrote a speech and included a campaign idea. Amanda's pig kissing idea was found on Pinterest. "I saw that a school in Virginia did it and I wanted to do it," she said. "I included it in my speech -- and when I won, I spoke to Ms. Morris about it."

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Amanda researched how to bring it to Woodruff, and found Sherman and Pet Partners.

The date was chosen because National Pig Day is March 1. "We couldn't get Sherman that day, so we decided to start the fundraiser that day," said Amanda.

Students voted for the teachers they wanted to see kiss the pig. Once the teachers agreed to the contest, students donated money to benefit Pet Partners. 

The timing worked out to combine the pig kissing event with the school's St. Patrick's Day celebration. The assembly opened with students performing Irish step. 

Sticking with the Irish themed celebration, Ms. Morris recited a clever limerick before each of the 10 faculty members stepped up on stage to place a smooch on Sherman's snout. The students didn't disappoint with their rock star level of cheer for each of their teachers.  

Morris wrote her own limerick for Woodruff School:

You are at this place Woodruff School

Where the students and staff, they rule

Where we learn and we play

and we have fun everyday

and we all give a hoot and that's cool

The students enjoyed watching Sherman perform his tricks that included spinning, bowing, picking up a basket to bowling. But, what the kids enjoyed most was his "kiss, kiss for a cookie" trick.

When Sherman isn't participating in Kiss the Pig events, he is a therapy pet through Pet Partners visiting veterans, nursing homes and hospitals. Visit the Pet Partners website to learn more. 


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