It was the day students at Pioneer Heritage Middle School had been waiting for.
Blue plastic covered the gym floor. One teacher donned eye goggles. Students stood ready over bowls of ice cream, sliced bananas, sprinkles, cherries and bottles of whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
“I won – or lost. However you want to look at it,” said Assistant Principal Lauren Farragut.
And so Farragut sat before hundreds of students and parents – ready to become a human sundae. Members of her “team” of teachers, John Furnas, Robert Grady and Keleigh Compton, faced the same fate.
“I tried to get it to stay on there the longest,” said sixth grader Talia Elliott, who won the right to douse Farragut with sundae toppings. “I think it’s a really cool thing that our school is doing to remind us that there are people in our community who need help.”
Students who brought canned goods to the school used their donations to “vote” for one of three teams of educators. If 2,000 cans were collected, students got to throw pies at the winning team. If 3,000 cans were collected, students got to turn them into human sundaes. If 4,000 cans were collected, students would earn music in the cafeteria on Fridays, in addition to turning the winning team into human sundaes and throwing pies at the two other administrators.
“It brought our canned food drive to the next level,” Farragut said. “The kids had so much fun thinking about who was going to get it.”
In the end, the school collected nearly 5,000 cans in a two-week period, more than double previous totals. As a result, students also got to throw pies at Principal Rocky Agan and Assistant Principal Hollis Little. Teacher Shannon Robinson got caught in the cross fire.
“This has been an amazing couple of weeks where we have learned the importance of coming together to help those in need,” said Little, who organized the food drive. “We’re developing a culture on our campus of service and putting others first.”
All proceeds benefitted Frisco Family Services.
As a District, Frisco ISD is the largest donor to the FFS Food Pantry, which distributes approximately 35,000 pounds of food to more than 350 needy families each month. Every FISD school holds a similar drive to collect canned foods, toiletries and other household items during the school year.
“The kids that were involved in this will probably remember it for the rest of their lives,” Little said. “I hope they also remember why we did it.”
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