UNION TOWNSHIP | Jack Birmingham, Union Center Elementary School principal, kissed a 350-pound pig because his students were successful in collecting Box Tops for the school. As of March 1, the students raised about $3,700 from the Box Tops for Education Program.
Box Tops for Education is a national program that involves students' families clipping the 10-cent box tops labels from product packages of participating brands. These labels are submitted to the Box Tops organization, and twice annually Box Tops sends the school a check for the value of the total coupons submitted.
In years past, Union Center Elementary has had an annual goal of $2,500 for box tops collection. This year, the PTO has helped to increase involvement in this program through several student incentives. The first incentive was in the fall and upon meeting the goal of raising 5,000 box tops, or $500, the student who submitted the most got to throw a pie in the principal's face. The second incentive was at Christmastime when the students met their goal of raising another 3,500 box tops and the principal had to dress in an elf costume and be Santa's helper at the PTO's annual Pizza with Santa event.
This year, if an additional 5,000 box tops were collected by April 25, the principal would have to kiss a 350-pound sow. The school reached its goal that afternoon.
Local farmers Kevin Egolf, Skip Egolf, Sean Egolf and Bret Owens arrived at the school at 7:30 p.m. with Sweat Pea the pig to be kissed. Approximately 300 people gathered around the baseball field, where Birmingham kissed the pig.