Apparently kissing a pig doesn’t turn it into a prince, but as Lost Lake Elementary Principal Rhonda Hunt showed last week it does make 1,000 elementary students go hog wild.
Hunt promised she would kiss a pig if the school raised more than $20,000 in its fundraiser to help the school purchase new playground equipment. The school tallied more than $21,000 in its first year participating in a Boosterthon Fun Run.
The unique program is a healthy fundraising alternative to wrapping paper sales and other product sales. During the nine-day program students are taught the importance of fitness, leadership and character. Students get pledges towards the number of laps they will run at the fun run. On the final day, every student participated in the fun run, regardless of pledges raised, and received a "Boosterthon All-Star" T-shirt.
Finding a pig for the principal to kiss turned out to be a far easier task than one imagined. Belen Musicaro, mother of Lost Lake Elementary kindergartener Kaitlyn, provided one pig named Natalie. A second pig, which happens to be Lake County’s most recent star, also arrived at the school for a principal smooch.
Chris P. Bacon has become an Internet sensation after a video on YouTube showed the month-old piglet beginning to learn to use a wheelchair. Dr. Len Lucero of Eastside Veterinary Hospital in Clermont brought Chris P. Bacon to the school shortly before departing for a trip to New York where he and his piglet were set to appear on the Today Show.
“Because we are all such high achievers here at Lost Lake Elementary, when you asked me to kiss a pig I decided maybe I should kiss two,” Hunt said to the student body. “We always go above and beyond here.”