JDRF Fundraisers Held at RES and PES

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Counselor Barbara Batey had the honor of being the first person “pied” at the PES fundraiser for JDRF, giving the others a good chance to see what they had in store. Tyler Warbritton was selected to have the honor.
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Students in both Piggott and Rector recently held fundraisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation--and had a good time as well.

Students at PES collected donations throughout the month of November, with the funds earmarked toward a specific teacher, administrator or staff member. Of those participating, the one generating the most monies would be awarded the chance to kiss a pig at a special rally. The others were relegated to a pie in the face, with students having the chance to deliver.

The collection was planned for November due to the fact it serves as National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Colton Haywood prepares to “pie” teacher Brittany Hemphill during the JDRF fundraiser Friday at Rector. Later, he travelled to Piggott for the PES “Kiss the Pig” event, in suppport of the effort. Also pictured is Cougar coach Matt Mills, proudly wearing the whipped cream for a good cause.
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The pig-kissing rally was held Friday afternoon at PES, and thanks to their efforts over $1,600 was raised. Those participating were PES principal Brock Swann, school secretary Katina Wilson, school nurse Sherry Hester, school counselor Barbara Batey and teachers Amber Murray, Heather Seegraves, Veleda Langley, Sherri Wright and Tonya Helms.

According to event organizers, Swann and Seegraves raised exactly the same amount of money, and both had the chance to kiss the pig. Prior to puckering up, they were assisted with the application of a generous amount of lipstick, then planted a kiss on the guest porker—teacher Shelby Beck's potbellied pig.

As the children squealed with glee, each of the participants was then “pied” in the face by a student. Those handing out the cream included four PES students who battle juvenile diabetes, and several of their helpers.

Although they started a bit later with their fundraiser, students at Rector Elementary School also raised money for JDRF and in turn, there were pies in the face for some Rector educators as well. They hosted their event earlier in the day, with Coach Matt Mills and teacher Brittany Hemphill earning the honor of wearing the whipped cream for a good cause. According to organizers, an additional $300 was raised toward funding research on juvenile diabetes, its causes and its cures.

In addition to the local organizers, the event was planned in-part by Sue Tull, executive director of the Arkansas Chapter of the JDRF. Those wanting additional information on the JDRF, and their work, may visit them online at www.jdrf.org

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