California Educator

APRIL 2012

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FEATURE DRAISING Story by Sherry Posnick-Goodwin Photos by Scott Buschman Gordon Sadler finds some types of smooches "swinetastic." When the going gets tough, teachers get creative How far would you go to raise badly needed funds for your school? Would you audition for a reality show? Kiss a pig? Play cow chip bingo? Squeezed by budget cuts, teach- backing an initiative to raise revenue for schools. Until then, desperate times call ers are going above and beyond to provide the basics for students. Of course they should not have to do these things. Our state should be pro- viding schools with enough money to educate children and prepare them for the future, which is why CTA is for desperate measures, and we salute CTA members' creative spirit when it comes to raising badly needed money for their schools. Puckering up to a pig is "swinetastic" Math teacher Gordon Sadler has been the reigning champion of the "Kiss the Pig" competition at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp for the past three years. Held annually to support the school's agriculture program, the event is organized by the school's Future Farmers of America chapter. It started in the '90s, took a hiatus for several years, and then returned when the economy tanked. Students set up a "Kiss the Pig" jar in the classrooms of brave teachers 16 California Educator / April 2012 Fun the Pig! Kiss Courtesy Photo

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