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TOAST principal takes 64 pies in the face

ALBANY, 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 face.

 

The money raised for the TOAST PTA will support after-school programs and more classroom technology equipment, Brown said.

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The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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