Wymore’s Southern High School students quickly gathered in their gymnasium after school Tuesday, waiting with anticipation for a school-approved antic.
Several students’ names were drawn from a bowl to participate in the spectacle. Social studies teacher Mike Ringen braced himself against the gym wall as the students excitedly rushed around him, helping each other place the tape strategically place the tape so Ringen couldn’t move.
Finally, freshman Connor Bradley plunged a lemon pie into his teacher’s face.
The display was a reward for the school district raising $4,653 for Nebraska flood relief victims.
Janie Winter, a social studies teacher at the school, said that she and a group of teachers wanted to help local areas after the historic flooding in March.
“We needed to get our kids involved so they could see there’s people out there that are really struggling,” Winter said.
Winter said they decided to raise money for the North Bend School District, as Southern has alumni and families that live and teach there.
“Many of them lost all their books, all their backpacks, all of their materials,” Winter said. “We felt like teachers and students giving to other teachers and students would be the best goal.”
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Winter said students and staff had a week to raise the money, with a goal of raising $1,000.
“It was crazy by the end of the day Friday,” Winter said. “You had a push with kids that were going around, emptying backpacks looking for change, skipping seconds at lunch because then they could put more money in, calling grandparents to bring up another $20.”
The rest of the district got involved as well. Winter explained that Southern Elementary School raised more than the $1,000 goal by themselves.
The incentive to raise money was the class that donated the most got to choose a teacher to duct tape and pie. The freshman class won, raising a total of $540.
Evan Hopkins, one of the freshman chosen to duct tape Ringen, said the experience was really exciting.
“It was a big thing,” Hopkins said. “The flooding, it was really bad, a lot of damage, and you need a lot of money to replace that type of stuff. I feel like when you donate, you’re doing a good thing to help a community.”
Donations for the North Bend Central Flood Response Fund can be made through facfoundation.org/nbcfloodresponsefund.html