Penny drive raises cash for Ozarks Food Harvest; Pies served as a reward.

By Clint Nurnberg

Because Middle College students and faculty raised a healthy amount of cash in a charity penny drive over the last two weeks, two members of the staff earned the reward of pie—delivered by coworkers directly to their faces at the Oct. 27 Teamwork Assembly in Lincoln Hall.

From left to right: Middle College faculty members Sandy Pierce, Tiffany Brunner, Cindy Wilson, and Stephanie Blake prepare for pie delivery at the Oct. 27 Teamwork assembly in Lincoln Hall. Student voting decided who the two faculty members would be.

From left to right: Middle College faculty members Sandy Pierce, Tiffany Brunner, Cindy Wilson, and Stephanie Blake prepare for pie delivery at the Oct. 27 teamwork assembly in Lincoln Hall. Student voting decided who the two faculty members would be.

Assistant Director Cindy Wilson received her pie from Director Tiffany Brunner, and science teacher Stephanie Blake received her pie from fellow teacher Sandy Pierce. Students voted for the staff members they most wanted to see getting the esteemed prizes.

“It felt cold and sticky and gross!” Wilson said afterward. “I was willing to take one for the team though because it was for a great cause.”

All together, the Middle College program raised $152.67, which will be donated to the Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH), Wilson said.

This is not the first year Middle College has tried to lend OFH a helping hand. Pierce said she first initiated involvement there two years ago when she organized a volunteering opportunity for students in her senior seminar class.

“Students volunteered three to four hours of their time actually sorting food and working in their warehouse there,” Pierce said. “It’s about giving back to your community—whether it’s big or small, long-term or short-term. It’s a mindset we want students to develop.”

This is the first year, however, Middle College conducted the Penny Drive, Pierce said. While overall she thought things went well, she had mixed feelings about the climactic moment at the assembly.

“Yes, I felt horrible,” Pierce said about delivering Blake her pie reward. “But this time of year, we need motivation, and it was fun. Mrs. Wilson and Ms. Blake were good sports.”

Wilson’s final comments, however, reflect a more ominous tone.

“Revenge will be mine!” Wilson said.

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