All about pie at Franklin Primary

WELLSBURG – A recent fundraiser at Franklin Primary School was all about pies, in more ways than one.

Not only did the students sell pies to raise money for school projects, they also donated 200 pies to two local food pantries and the top sellers were rewarded for their efforts with the chance to throw a pie at a school faculty member or parent volunteer.

Kaili Ridgely, president of the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association, explained the pupils were asked to sell pies through the school’s Market Day program and contribute change toward the purchase of 367 pies, including 200 donated to food pantries operated by the Holy Family Catholic Mission in Beech Bottom and New Day Christian Center in Wellsburg.

Ridgely said the sale also generated $2,392 for various projects involving the school and its Kids Konnection club, a group established by the PTSA to encourage community service.

She said pupils in each class were invited each week to drop pennies into jars made by parent volunteer Megan Durbin.

Because of the current economy, they were encouraged to donate pennies through the endeavor, which is known as Pennies for Pies, Ridgely said.

“We stressed every penny counts,” she said.

But larger denominations and $1 and $5 bills were found in the jars sometimes, she added.

Kelly Horvath’s third-grade class raised the most in one week, about $143, and its members were entered into a drawing for a chance to toss a pie at a faculty member or parent.

Cole Durbin, the top individual fundraiser, and nine pupils who sold at least 10 pies each were given pies to fire. They were Jeg Hilt, Sam Mockbee, Jaden Smith, Logan Roxby, Tyler Eckels, Kayla Keister, Kayla Cole, Haiden Dodd and Preslei Ridgely.

Volunteering to serve as targets were Scott Donohew, school principal; Ridgely; teachers Dave Secrist and Brianna Staffileno; Karen Delatore, a substitute teacher filling in for Horvath; and parents Amy Fork, Dave Keister and Durbin.

Ridgely said the effort also received a boost from Weirton attorney Anna Morelli, who donated $125 after visiting the Kids Konnection baked goods booth at the Wellsburg Applefest.

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