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Principal takes pie in face for students

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Jefferson Elementary School teacher Jen Van Horssen smashes a pie in the face of principal Roben Frentzel at the school Oct. 4 after students raised $26,000 in the Jog for Jefferson fundraiser.

Jefferson Elementary School principal Roben Frentzel and physical education teacher Doug Palmer took whipped-cream pies to the face Oct. 4 as a reward for the school's students, who exceeded a fundraising goal two weeks earlier.

The goal for the PTO-sponsored Jog for Jefferson was $20,000.

As an incentive to meet that goal, Frentzel said she would take a pie in the face from the teacher of the class that raised the most money.

If the students could earn $25,000, Frentzel would be given the opportunity to put a pie in the face of Palmer.

"We both are going to be getting pies based on preliminary numbers," Frentzel said. "I'm very excited about the pie."

Jefferson PTO president Cheryl Falzone said students raised $26,000 at the 16th annual Jog for Jefferson on Sept. 20. Students took flat-rate donations for walking laps at the PTO's major fundraiser.

"Jefferson families, friends and the community partners have been wonderful in supporting our fundraising efforts," Frentzel said. "I feel honored to work in a community where schools are supported and cared for in such a positive manner. We do give various incentives to students for most money raised by a class. There are prize chances for every $25 raised. In addition, our PTO gives every child a T-shirt."

In her first year as principal, Frentzel said, she had to dress as a rock star because students reached a fundraising goal.

"One year I had to dress as Brutus Buckeye and stand on the roof all day," she said. "Having incentives gives all children something to be excited about. The real incentive is that our PTO will be able to help support our students in many ways, such as offsetting costs of field trips, new playground equipment and technology."

In the past five years, the Jog for Jefferson fundraiser has generated more than $120,000, said Debbie Kellogg, event coordinator.

This year's proceeds were earmarked for community garden materials, beautification of the building and a computer lab in the media .