Sully, a 6-month-old, black and white Kunekune pig from Gilpin, was the guest of honor on Thursday at David Leech Elementary School.
“I love the pig!” shouted one student as Sully ran wildly.
Sully’s visit pays tribute to Pig Wars, a PTA-sponsored fundraiser.
Kiss this if you don’t like my pig shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater
Now in its second year, Pig Wars challenges kindergarten through fifth-grade students to raise money to win a donut party for their class – and perhaps an even bigger prize.
The class who raised the most money saw their teacher kissing a pig.
“It’s a great way for our PTA to raise money for meetings, field trips, and everything else, without really putting in a lot of effort,” said Principal David Keibler. “It’s something the kids love.”
Sully’s pig breed is from New Zealand; Kunekune, pronounced KOO-nee KOO-nee, means “fat and round” in the native Maori language.
“It’s fat,” said 5th grader Zach Kubla as the Kiss this if you don’t like my pig shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater pig ran past his classroom.
Sully’s owner is Shera Arner, PTA president of the Kiss this if you don’t like my pig shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater Leechburg Region.
The Principal of Canyon View Elementary School asked for a pig with a belly on Monday as the school celebrated exceeding the PTA’s fundraising goal of $ 50,000.
Principal Christina Giguiere, wearing pigtails and ears, kept her promise and kissed the 120-pound Hamlet on her snout as students, parents, and staff watched during the morning meeting. A messy eater, Hamlet had a filthy snout from eating grass and flowers before kissing.
“I was filled with pride and joy,” said Giguiere. “I want to see the kids smile and smile.”
The school has raised more than $ 52,000 through a one-time parent commitment and matching funds. Giguiere said the money will be used to buy Chromebooks, iPads, physical education equipment, and playgrounds, teaching supplies as well as to fund student safety and capacity building programs, and trips. practical and teacher training.
The principal said she had suggested some things she could do to spur a commitment effort, such as promising to camp on a roof and glued to a handball wall, before the PTA representative came up with the idea of kissing a pig.
Hamlet kissed her lips twice on Monday.
“She smells a bit, and I have a bit of mud on my face,” said Giguiere. “She’s pretty cute though.”
The conversion of dairy farm buildings into swine shelters has taken pig farming from a hobby for newcomers Luke Starkey to Wales’ second-largest livestock system.
Until four years ago, Luke Starkey was working for his father, Scot, in a window supplier.
That changed when they bought a 32-hectare (80-acre) old dairy farm near Whitland, Carmarthenshire, and established a continuous system from litter to litter, selling 70 pigs per week.
During the summer months. the back corners of the barn are used to put pig manure as manure in the corner, but with the larger barn (18m x 3m) we can hold 60-70 pigs and there is a passage at both ends.
I think I’ll also book more transit space. We have five space feeders, which provide us with a food storage space for every seven pigs. However, during the summer months, feed intake decreases on warmer days, but feeders can then be busy as it starts to cool down in the evening.
I would prefer a taller building, for better air circulation, although this will create problems of warmth in winter.
It’s not easy to get ventilation as soon as you have natural ventilation, which is the fine line between good ventilation and drafts.