It was lunch on Friday, and math teacher Kathleen Williams was getting dressed. She put on a plastic shower cap, an extra-large trash bag with holes for their arms, and protective goggles to get ready for a long 45 minutes of soaking in whipped cream.
Octagon held its annual pie toss at lunch on Sept. 21, giving students the chance to pie their teachers, such as Williams, and class officers. The community service club sold students paper plates loaded with whipped cream for 2 dollars apiece, with all proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit that gives young children with life-threatening diseases the strength to build a secure future.
“Just because it’s fun, doesn’t mean it’s not for a good cause,” said senior Emily Liu, Octagon Vice President. “We get to donate more than $100.”
For more than 15 years, Octagon has been using the annual pie toss to fundraise for children in need, as well as provide a way for students to let out their stress and anxiety. This year, about 50 students were motivated by the prospect of smothering teachers — including English teachers Matt Brashears and Francis Ruskus and history teacher Andrew Sturgill — as well as their class officers, in whipped cream.
“If you just ask for donations, you won’t get as much of a response as this does,” Ruiz said.