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Soo-ee! Pig races a fun thank-you to Lincoln Elementary students who raised $16K
November 20, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photos by Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen Ashlynn Deal, Jaxon Miller, Tayden Marquez, Ayita Gomez, Cara Schlothauer, Jordan Hemphill, and teacher Misty West set up for one of the first heats of the pig races.

Several “speedy pigs” took to the track in the Lincoln Elementary School gym on Nov. 13 to win some prizes for the students taking part.

Tracy Steele, fourth grade teacher at Lincoln, said the event was sponsored by the Lincoln Booster Club. “The kids sold cookie dough as a fundraiser for Lincoln Elementary,” she said. “If they sold 15 items, one of the prizes was a mechanical pig. The Booster Club thought it would be fun to celebrate the first annual pig race.”

Booster Club Treasurer Misty West said the cookie dough fundraising event has been going on for about the last 13 years.

“The company approached about our interest in having a pig race,” she said. “We thought it would be a nice way to honor the kids for all the money they raised for the school.”

She added the first event was so successful, Boosters are discussing how to turn it into an annual event. This year, students raised almost $16,000 for the school through cookie dough sales. Those funds go toward things like the big marquee in front of the school building. There’s another giant screen in the gym that is used for all kinds of presentations.

The pigs are tiny, mechanical toys and students gave them names. The pigs were then entered into a race according to the student’s grade level. The winners at each grade level then competed in a championship race for prizes.

Fifty dollars was awarded for first place and second and third places were awarded gift bags of different items.

Kindergartner Rhyan Buckly won with his pig “Speedy.” First grade winner was Tayden Marquez and “October.” In the second grade, the winner was Carter Lanthrop and “Fuzzy.” Third grade winners were Creighton Beals with “Oranges” and Chloee Randall with “Speedy.” Fourth grade also had two winners in Jenna Davis with “Squiggles” and Ellena Herrera with “Penguin.” Emily Hutton and “Pinky” won for fifth grade and the sixth grade winner was Tristin Strauch and “Speedy.”

Emily Hutton and “Pinky” won the $50 prize as grand champion.

“It was fun way to end the week and a fun way for the Booster Club to say thank you to the kids for earning money from their cookie dough sales,” Steele said.

The Lincoln Booster Club is made up of parents of the students. Members coordinate many of the fundraising activities for the school. They also host family night activities and host movie nights.

“The Booster Club is very active here,” Steele said. “They build that bridge between teachers, students and parents in activities throughout the school year. We have a very eager group of parents that are officers and love to do activities for the families of Lincoln Elementary.”

Rhyan Buckley, Ali Wilcox, Navari Gomez, Cruz Rohnke, and Kael Ramirez soak up the atmosphere in a deafening gym.

Braden Deal, Noah Sentelle, Damien Summers, Chloee Randall, Connor Cochrane, and Emily Gibbons pretend to coax their pigs to move faster.
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