It’s not every day that Frank Ewald and Sharlene McHolm, principal and vice-principal at Breslau Public School, kiss a pig.
On October 5 that is exactly what they did, in front of the entire school as students cheered as this was a reward they had been waiting for.Both educators agreed to kiss the swine if the students managed to raise more than $5,200 for the school’s annual Terry Fox National School Run Day fundraiser held last month.
“The kids worked really hard and when the finally tallies came in they managed to raise $4,900, which was just not enough,” said Ewald. “So we challenged them and said we would give them 18 more hours to raise money and if they managed to get enough we would kiss porky.”
The kids of Breslau did not sit back and worked together to raise more money eventually sending their final tally to $6,435, which was more than enough.
“We are very proud of the school. They all came together and for a great cause. We had people in from the Terry Fox Foundation who spoke to the children and told them all about what (Fox) did and how much has been raised over the last 32 years to help fight cancer,” said Ewald.
Since its inception the foundation has raised close to $500 million to help find a cure for the disease.
Outside of the school the students gathered as McHolm was the first to kiss the purebred Duroc pig brought in by Donaldson International pig farm in Tavistock.
She played with the students and flirted with the little pig before the students became restless and started to chant “kiss the pig,” which she quickly did giving it a peck on the snout as students yelled out “gross” and “that’s so sick.”
Up next was the principal who quickly kissed both side of the pigs face, saying that is how it is done in Europe. This was received by boos from the students who demanded a real kiss on the pig.
Elwald relented and planted a long kiss on the pig’s face that was greeted with screams of joy as the school children were finally rewarded with what they wanted.