Clark Lane Middle School Principal Jim Sachs is a good sport.
Friday, for the second year in a row, he agreed to be taped to the wall and pied in the face to raise money during the school’s annual Basket Bonanza fundraiser. Eighth-grade student Katie Shea got the honors of smashing the pie into Sachs’ face, and was not overly sympathetic.
“It was fun,” Shea said enthusiastically, seconds after hitting her principal in the face with a whipped cream pie.
Participants paid a dollar to put a piece of tape on Sachs to tape him to the wall and paid another dollar to enter a raffle at a chance to smash a pie into the second-year principal's face. Clark Lane Middle School Special Education Teacher Bill Scanlon won the raffle, but rather than smash his boss in the face with a pie, deferred to Shea.
The pie-in-the-face was just part of the school’s Basket Bonanza. For the event, organizations donate baskets to the school. Then participants buy tickets at the event and put them in the basket, with a raffle at the end to determine the winner of each one.
Each middle school class builds its own basket, with the rest being donated from businesses. Friday, there were baskets donated from several local business, along with larger organizations like the New York Giants, which donated a poster of Eli Manning.
The event usually raises between $7,000 and $10,000 for the Clark Lane Middle School PTO, according to PTO Co-President Kimberly Rouisse. Rouisse said it is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the school's PTO.
The PTO gives each team at Clark Lane Middle School $500 and donates $2,500 to the eighth-graders’ class trip, among other donations, Rouisse said.