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Taking aim: Mirror Lakes principals get pies in the face to help out Muscular Dystrophy

March 19, 2014
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

When you were a kid, did you ever have the urge to throw a pie into your school principal's face? Well, 15 students and one teacher got that opportunity and took it, all in the name of raising money for Muscular Dystrophy.

The project to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association has been underway in area schools with students selling either dollar shamrocks or $5 shamrocks, all made out of thick paper. The names of the ones who sold the most were put into a jar and school officials blindly pulled out 16 names earlier last week one was a teacher and the rest were students. There are 1100 students in the school. The fund-raising project began Feb. 20.

The students and the teacher are from Mirror Lakes Elementary School and just before this past weekend, Kim Conrad, the school's counselor and coordinator of special events, said Mirror Lakes was the leading other county school by raising $1,283.40, more than double the amount from the second on the list, Alva School. Conrad got the email from Rebecca Goodlet, chairman of the MDA Shamrocks Update program.

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A Mirror Lakes Elementary student throws a pie at Principal Sue Zellers.

"The kids are really enjoying this," Conrad said. "They have been selling their paper shamrocks to everyone they come into contact with," she laughed.

And on March 13, the principal and three assistant principals, covered themselves with light plastic wraps and eye goggles and agreed that the kids and that one teacher could throw pie into their faces.

A few students were allowed outside to watch the event, but it was taped and will be shown when the students return after spring break which is this week.

Principal Sue Zellers was called a good sport by Conrad as were her three assistants.

They lined up outside in the amphitheater area of the schools and pies filled with rich and thick whipped cream were crammed into their faces by the students, some harder than others.

Everyone laughed, including the principals who by the end looked like white ghosts with plastic garments. Their faces, their heads and their bodies were covered with whipped cream.

Kids watching laughed and roared as their fellow students grabbed a pie, one at a time and one for each student, and ran toward whichever principal they wanted to assault with a pie.

Of the 16 who threw pies, the teacher was Patricia Madlin and the rest of the kids were third graders. It all happened at 1:30 p.m., while the rest of the school prepared for the closing hour of the day.

The whole program in all the schools was being billed as "Buy A Shamrock, Help MDA!" and with the money from area schools, Conrad said it should be a big help to fight the terrible muscle disease.

Also on hand were two members of the Kiwanis Club John Graham, president, and a past president, Laurie Jerriey. Each got an opportunity to throw a pie, too, and Larry Hammond with the school system took photos of it happening.

The Kiwanis Club donated $60 to the cause by buying 12 five-dollar shamrocks, Conrad said.

In addition to school principal Sue Zellers, the other three were Tonya Knight, Jen Shonak and Preston Towns.

"The kids loved it. It was great fun and the rest of the student body will roar with laughter when they see it on the school's closed circuit TV when they return to school," Conrad laughed.



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