Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 10, 2011

School staff at Erwin Middle School puckered up Monday to kiss Chance the pig.
Principal Kristi Rhone and teachers Jennifer Brink, Carey McClung and Danny McGuire took turns giving him a big smooch as part of the “Kiss the Pig” fundraiser.
The fundraiser, sponsored by the Junior Civitans, raised more than $500 for the school’s Relay for Life team.
Each day during lunch, students had the opportunity to put change into piggy banks for several teachers and administrators. Those who received the most money had to kiss the pig.
Teacher Rhonda Stirewalt said the fundraiser was also done in honor of longtime substitute teacher Claudine Bost, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Brink, the school’s Relay for Life captain, said with the Junior Civitans’ contribution, the school has raised $5,600.
“This was a fun way to get everybody involved,” she said.
Chance is a 4-month-old rescued pig owned by Tammy Merritt, president of the school’s Parent/Teacher Association.