EAST HELENA — Students at East Valley Middle School celebrated their last day of school before the holiday break by throwing mashed potatoes and whipped-cream pies at a few teachers and administrators.
The food throwing was a reward for their fundraising efforts.
Earlier this year the school book fair raised money to the tune of $2,500, which equates to $350 for the school. In another student council fundraiser, students raised $500 by paying a fee to listen to their iPods.
All told, the fundraising efforts, aided by the allure of an opportunity to pelt teachers, totaled $850. The students donated to the Lewis and Clark Humane Society in honor of Susan “Jo” Hagler, a teacher at the school for more than 30 years, who died in an all-terrain vehicle accident in October.
Earlier Thursday morning, students listened to a father speak about bullying and the death of his teenage daughter (see related front page story). The two events spanned a wide range of emotion among students.
Principal Dan Rispens said the two assemblies were an appropriate mix for students.
“This is the life of middle school students — it fits,” he said.
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