Mundelein principal rewards students by taking pie to the face

  • Mechanics Grove Principal Tanya Fergus, sitting, prepares to receive a pie to the face from Assistant Principal Jill Unger to congratulate students for selling 150 Lou Malnati's Pizza Cards in the annual PTO pie fundraiser.

    Mechanics Grove Principal Tanya Fergus, sitting, prepares to receive a pie to the face from Assistant Principal Jill Unger to congratulate students for selling 150 Lou Malnati's Pizza Cards in the annual PTO pie fundraiser. Courtesy of Mundelein School District 75

  • After getting a pie to the face, Mechanics Grove Principal Tanya Fergus, left, returned the favor by giving Assistant Principal Jill Unger a pie in the face as well.

    After getting a pie to the face, Mechanics Grove Principal Tanya Fergus, left, returned the favor by giving Assistant Principal Jill Unger a pie in the face as well. Courtesy of Mundelein School District 75

  • The annual capper to the Mundelein School District 75 PTO pie fundraiser usually takes place in front of the entire school. This year, most students and staff had to watch via Zoom, but the three top pizza card sellers were invited to watch in person.

    The annual capper to the Mundelein School District 75 PTO pie fundraiser usually takes place in front of the entire school. This year, most students and staff had to watch via Zoom, but the three top pizza card sellers were invited to watch in person. Courtesy of Mundelein School District 75

 
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Posted12/18/2020 3:09 PM

With more than 150 people watching live, Mechanics Grove Principal Tanya Fergus took a pie to the face after students exceeded their fundraising goal.

The PTO pie fundraiser was a little different this year. Instead of dessert pie, students sold Lou Malnati's Pizza Cards to raise money for their Camp Duncan trip next year.

 

As an incentive, Fergus promised she would "take a pie in the face if we sell 150 cards." The top three students who sold the most pizza cards were also invited to watch in person.

"Life is short! This makes kids smile and helps give them more incentive to sell cards, which raises money to help the schools," Fergus said.

Students sold 250 pizza, cards raising $1,250. The top three sellers were: Madison Doerr, Tyler Kohnen and Alison Catania.

Doerr sold 19 pizza cards, Kohnen sold 14 pizza cards and Catania sold 13.

Due to COVID-19, students and staff watched Fergus take a pie to the face via Zoom.

"This is my fifth year taking a pie in the face," Fergus said. "It won't be the same without 600 screaming spectators."

Mechanics Grove Assistant Principal Jill Unger got the honor of throwing a chocolate pie at Fergus. Before the event was over, Fergus surprised everyone as she returned the favor and threw a pie at Unger.

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