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A promise, and a peck

Centre Hall principal Kurt Nyquist wears a blue wig to kiss a goat after the students raised $4,000 for their Walk-a-Thon.
Centre Hall principal Kurt Nyquist wears a blue wig to kiss a goat after the students raised $4,000 for their Walk-a-Thon. adrey@centredaily.com

Puckering up for a barnyard animal doesn’t seem that appealing.

But Principal Kurt Nyquist made it look easy Friday afternoon.

It was a promise he made to students at Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School if they exceeded a fundraising goal to benefit the Parent Teacher Group.

By May 6, the goal was to raise $4,000 through a Walk-A-Thon and healthy activities initiative students participated in earlier this month.

When preliminary totals came back that were about $300 short of the goal, Nyquist said he encouraged students to raise money through the weekend to hit the goal.

$4,000.02 raised for PTG

By May 9, a Monday, $4,000.02 was raised.

And as an incentive to help them reach the goal, Nyquist promised to kiss a goat in front of the entire student body.

“They raised about $1,800 last year through a similar fundraiser, but when we decided to do it again this year, I had to give them some kind of incentive,” Nyquist said.

The second part of that agreement was to kiss the goats wearing a “funny wig,” Nyquist said.

On Friday afternoon, Nyquist was accompanied by two goats, Thelma and Louise, owned by fourth-grade teacher Bethany Shawver.

At about 2 p.m. the entire school population was asked to go outside near the school’s playground.

Students sat on the grass as Nyquist put on a blue wig with frizzy hair, popped in a breath mint, put on lip balm and then bent over to kiss Louise.

He pecked her on the head, and then walked over to Thelma and did the same thing.

And it came with a roar of applause.

It’s fun and goes to a good cause

Kurt Nyquist, Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School principal

“It’s fun and goes to a good cause,” Nyquist said.

All money raised goes to the PTG, which helps provide the school with supplies, funds for field trips and assemblies, and more.

The school will hold the fundraiser again next school year.

“I just have to come up with a new incentive,” Nyquist said.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

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