TOAST principal takes 64 pies in the face
N.Y. (April 7, 2017) --
For Principal Teresa Brown, keeping a promise meant being hit in the
face on Friday with 64 whipped-cream pies.
Brown is principal at Thomas O’Brien Academy of
Science and Technology (TOAST). In February, she launched a school-wide
read-a-thon with a vow that students who read the most or raised the
most money could hit her in the face with a pie.
The incentive worked. Students read hundreds of books
and raised $1,900 for the TOAST PTA.
On Friday, Brown made good on her promise. She took
to the stage at the TOAST auditorium. After being interviewed by three
TV stations, she donned a shower cap, goggles and a rain slicker. She
positioned herself behind an ornately decorated cardboard shield and
poked her head through a specially designed hole.
And for the next hour, she was the cheerful recipient
of 64 whipped-cream pies to the face, one after another. The pie-ing
started with tentative prekindergarteners who needed encouragement and
proceeded through the grades; students got bolder as they got older.
Second-grader Nicholas Vann, who raised some $600
through his reading efforts, got an extra big pie to plaster on Brown’s
The money raised for the TOAST PTA will support
after-school programs and more classroom technology equipment, Brown
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