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William Mason Elementary Raises Money for Pediatric Cancer

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Harrison Bruchhauser pies Principal Dave Melucci Credits: Melissa Benno
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Harrison Bruchhauser pies Principal Dave Melucci as Nurse Elizabeth Wigley looks on Credits: Melissa Benno
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Teacher Scott Brennan Credits: Melissa Benno
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Rocco Vena pies teacher Scott Brennan Credits: Melissa Benno
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Before: Nurse Elizabeth Wigley, Principal Dave Melucci, teachers John Immediato, Donald Wheeler and Scott Brennan Credits: Melissa Benno
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After: Sandy Bruchhauser, Principal Dave Melucci, John Immediato, Nurse Elizabeth Wigley, Scott Brennan and Donald Wheeler Credits: Melissa Benno
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Pie throwers Rocco Vena, Sienna Wigley and Harrison Bruchhauser Credits: Melissa Benno
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Athena Demetropoulos prepares the whipped cream pies. Credits: Melissa Benno
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Pie thrower Rocco Vena surveys his work on teacher Donald Wheeler Credits: Melissa Benno
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Pie thrower Rocco Vena gets teacher Donald Wheeler Credits: Melissa Benno
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Principal Dave Melucci shows Elizabeth Wigley's sons just where to place the pie on teacher John Immediato's face, as teacher Donald Wheeler places his sunglasses on his whipped-cream filled face Credits: Melissa Benno
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Teacher Donald Wheeler tells Elizabeth Wigley's sons that teacher John Immediato is next Credits: Melissa Benno
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Teacher John Immediato takes a pie from nurse Elizabeth Wigley's sons Credits: Melissa Benno
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Principal Dave Melucci shows Elizabeth Wigley's sons just where to place the pie on teacher John Immediato's face Credits: Melissa Benno
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John Immediato samples the whipped cream Credits: Melissa Benno
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John Immediato gets a pie to the face Credits: Melissa Benno
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Elizabeth Wigley thanks the staff members and kids Credits: Melissa Benno
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MONTVILLE, NJ – Every school principal has a bad day, but not many of them can say they got a pie in the face.

William Mason Elementary School Principal David Melucci and four colleagues received pies in the face at the culmination of a fundraiser for pediatric cancer on Oct. 7.

Spearheaded by school nurse Elizabeth Wigley, students could purchase a one-dollar ticket to “vote” on which teacher they wanted to get pied, with the proceeds going to Sloan Memorial Hospital to “help researchers continue to find better cancer cures for children,” Wigley said.

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Wigley included herself in the pool, as did Melucci.

When the votes were tallied, teachers Scott Brennan, John Immediato and Donald Wheeler plus Wigley and Melucci were at the receiving end of the whipped cream, and the event raised $505.

The event was the culmination of school’s commemoration of Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. Students also donated two boxes of books, crafts and crayons to be assembled into JoyJars™, which are kits filled with goodies given to children with cancer and their siblings in order to help bring smiles to their faces during a difficult time.

On Oct. 7, the students assembled in the courtyard to watch and applaud as the staff members bravely took one for the team.

The pie throwers included Wigley’s three-year-old daughter Sienna, who is battling leukemia. Second grader Harrison Bruchhauser also threw pies, as did fifth grade Rocco Vena. Both are cancer survivors.

Harrison thought it was fun to get to pie the group and picked Melucci to pie.

“He said to me, ‘Are you really going to do this to me?’ and he joked that I was in big trouble now,” Harrison told TAPinto Montville. He said the whipped cream was “tasty.”

Harrison’s mom Sandy also jumped into the fun, so Harrison pied her, too.

Rocco picked Brennan and Wheeler to pie.

“Mr. Brennan said to me, ‘Don’t do it!’ and afterwards he told me, ‘it’s a good thing you’re not in my class!’” Rocco said. “I was nice – I didn’t want to rub it in a lot.”

“These brave youngsters have, or are still enduring, so much, while always keeping great big smiles on their faces,” Wigley said. “They amaze and inspire me each day, and I know they will grow up to do something amazing with their lives.”

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