Rolling his shoulders and bobbing his head from side to side, principal Brian Blum took on the appearance of movie boxing icon Rocky Balboa getting ready to climb into the ring.

Rolling his shoulders and bobbing his head from side to side, principal Brian Blum took on the appearance of movie boxing icon Rocky Balboa getting ready to climb into the ring.

The administrative leader at Brown Elementary sucked in a deep breath as he prepared to get slimed.

The main event -- in the gym immediately before school recessed for spring break on March 20 -- was a way to top off a major fundraiser, which started back on March 2.

Sarah Huffman, a fourth-grade teacher who organizes the "Pennies for Patients" drive annually, said the goal this year was to raise $6,000.

At the assembly, when Blum and a teacher from every grade level, including Huffman, got slimed with applesauce-dyed green, the school had collected $7,334.41.

Huffman said she heard from several parents that they were still contributing online to the fundraiser, which was designed to help people suffering from leukemia and lymphoma.

The Hilliard school collected more than any other school in central Ohio, with the exception of Westerville's Genoa Middle School.

Kathy Chipps, in charge of the Columbus campaign, said Genoa Middle School raised $13,195.

Chipps said she was amazed by the efforts of the elementary-age students.

Ethan and Evan Poff, students in Rene Jurists' kindergarten and Dawn Martin's first-grade classes, and their family donated $400 online, according to Huffman.

Jacob Ellis, Brandon Mikesell, Travis Taylor, Logan Jeffrey and Drew Casey all donated more than $100.

Both Taylor and Jeffrey are students in Huffman's class.

Jacki Prati, standing in for Jurist, agreed to have the slime dumped over her head, not knowing Huffman would step in and make sure the students got it on her head as well as her shoulders.

First-grade teacher Dawn Martin agreed to succumb as two students made a direct hit on her head with the green mess.

Mary Mrowzinski, wearing goggles and a pink hair net, which soon became green, served as a substitute for second-grade teacher Robin Wilson.

Neil Furr, a third-grade teacher, took a beating when his wife and fourth-grade teacher Amber Furr helped two students by dumping an extra pitcher of the green concoction over his head.

Huffman laughed and tensed her shoulders. The slime slid down her neck.

Fifth-grade teacher Brenda Bowling licked her lips as the slime slid from her head across her face.

Blum, who previously agreed to dye his hair pink, to be taped to a wall and to be smacked in the faced with a whipped-cream pie, to celebrate "Pennies for Patients" fundraisers, looked less like Rocky Balboa and more like the Jolly Green Giant after fourth-grade student Paul Cecil and first-grade student Tyler Graham dumped four pitchers of slime over his head and shoulders.

The slime rolled down Blum's arms and into his lap and covered his hands.

It was all worth it, he said, and he thanked the students for raising money to aid sick children.