Creamed for a good cause; Pies-in-face reward for exceeding fundraising challenge


Jacob flowers

Richmond Elementary fifth-grader Jacob Flowers shoves a pie in the face of office staff member Christi Barr. Flowers is one of the students benefiting from the school’s Coins for Cancer fundraiser.

By Merrick Eagleton/Stillwater News Press

Students at Richmond Elementary rallied to support two of their classmates with cancer.

The challenge was to raise $2,000 in just five days. The students exceeded that with a grand total of $3,342.86. Jacob Flowers, a fifth- grader, and Austin Hooten, a sixth-grader who attended Richmond pre-K through fifth grade, will each receive $1,716.43 to help with their medical expenses.

“They knew the purpose of why we were doing this big coin war,” Principal Kendra Rider said. “I think that’s what made it successful. They knew they were helping; it was going to a good cause.”

Richmond, a Great Expectations Model School, stressed the importance of expectation No. 5 throughout the week – help one another whenever possible. Great Expectations is a professional development program that focuses on improving the learning climate and the how of teaching.

“We really talked about that expectation this week and pulling the students together to help their fellow peers,” Rider said.

All students were eager to participate in the fundraiser. One teacher said some students in her class brought in their piggy banks to donate.

“Truly what’s amazing is the cash that came in more so than change,” office staff member Christi Barr said. “$100 bills came through the front door.”

If the students met their goal they got to nominate five teachers to receive a pie in the face at a school assembly Friday. The teachers who received the lucky surprise were Principal Kendra Rider, fourth-grade teacher DeeDee Liebenau, fourth-grade teacher Darin Kilough, office staff member Christi Barr and custodian Mark Schooley.

It was also a competition between the boys and girls to see who could win the most money. The boys won an ice cream party by raising $1,750.60. The girls made it a close race with $1,507.75.