By Todd Martin

Special to the Daily Herald

A United Way fundraiser at Pershing Park Elementary School turned into a principal pie pasting.

Students and staff members raised about $313 in a competitive fundraiser, with assistant principal Darrin Ashmore drawing $156.67 and fellow assistant principal Jason Christian raising $156.60.

For good measure, both assistant principals took cream pies to their respective faces Friday.

Principal Linda Butler and campus instructional specialist Ruth Lake drew the names of two students to do the honors. The names were drawn from all those who did not receive a tardy for the past two weeks.

Third-grader Adrian Duran dumped a serving tray of cream onto Ashmore's face. Second-grader Cassie Donaldson dumped a tray of cream onto Christian's face.

In the excitement of the moment, the two creamed assistant principals shared some of the creamy excess with Butler.

"It was something the kids could do to support a good cause and that they could enjoy," said Christian, pointing out that he and his colleague were volunteered for pie duty.

"Anything that benefits the community and shows enthusiasm for giving back," Ashmore said of the motivation for stepping up for the cream bath.

"It helps school spirit," he said, "and reminds us to be thankful."

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