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Weaverville's Moo-vers and Shakers
Weaverville's Moo-vers and Shakers
Posted on 10/30/2019
A record-setting PTO fundraiser caused two principals to plant a big kiss on a friendly cow.Pictured Above: Jennifer Banks, PTO President, and Tiffany Franklin, PTO Fall Fundraising Chairperson (top), Principal Stephen Chandler (bottom-left), Principal Heidi Allison (bottom-right).

By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

It was hard to say whether Principal Stephen Chandler or the cow was more nervous before the big kiss took place. As Weaverville Primary students gathered outside to witness the hilarious October 24 event, they clapped in unison and chanted, “Kiss a cow! Kiss a cow!” Just down the street at Weaverville Elementary, Principal Heidi Allison was getting her lipstick ready, as well.

The cow-smooching event was a reward to students for their part in a school record-breaking, Wild-West-themed, “fun run” fundraiser organized by the Weaverville Schools Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The PTO’s effort ultimately raised a staggering $60,121.86 for the two schools, a figure that stampeded far beyond their initial goal — and the cow-kissing threshold — of $35,000.

“I’m surprised I didn’t have to kiss two cows!” joked Ms. Allison.

“The hard work and involvement of our parents is amazing,” Chandler said. “Our PTO is a special community, and our schools, students, and staff benefit so much from what they do for us.”

Across Buncombe County, committed parent organizations meet regularly to discuss ways to volunteer, provide feedback to school administrators, raise funds for school needs, and create new opportunities. These invaluable groups continually work to enrich the educational experience for students, and also provide a conduit for local clubs, non-profit organizations, community groups, and businesses to lend a hand.

PTO President Jennifer Banks stands with PTO Fall Fundraising Chairperson Tiffany Franklin.Weaverville Schools PTO President Jennifer Banks was thrilled to see her community come together to support the students and noted that grandparents were among the largest donors this year. She also stressed the importance of families getting involved in education.

“School could just be a place your child goes from eight until two-thirty,” she said. “But if you view your school’s teachers and administrators as partners in raising your child, it changes your idea about how involved you need to be there.”

As their big moments approached, Chandler and Allison each laughed about the friendly kisses they would have to plant on the cow’s nose.

“Well, I have no experience doing this… but anything for the kids!” Chandler said with a smile.

A half hour after Chandler puckered up, Principal Allison kissed the same cow as her students roared with laughter.

“It was for a good cause and it was moo-velous!” joked Allison after wiping her face clean with a handkerchief. “It was great to see all the kids enjoy it… and have fun with their hard work.”

The cow was provided by volunteers through Lonesome Valley Investments and the North Buncombe High School Future Farmers of America alumni group. Many of the PTO parents also attended the celebration alongside their children, cheering on their principals, and making new memories.

“Children learn about what is important from their parents,” Banks said. “So, when kids see their parents take the time to put their money and volunteer hours into their school, they learn that education has value and is a priority.”

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Visit the Weaverville Schools PTO website.

Related: Watch Mr. Wise and Mr. Benigno of North Windy Ridge Intermediate kiss a pig after their successful school fundraiser!

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