BERTHA NEAL Elementary Principal Hattie Rainer rewarded her students on Tuesday, Nov. 20 for collectively raising more than $7,500 during the “Nacho Average Walk-a-Thon,” which was held in October. The entire student body was rewarded with a dance party, which was followed by the day’s main event: the cheesing of Principal Rainer.
After congratulating the students for the successful walk-a-thon and announcing this year’s top fundraiser, Rainer donned her protective suit and goggles and took her seat in a kiddie pool on the gymnasium stage. Pandemonium ensued as the 40 most prolific walk-a-thon fundraisers doused their principal with cheese.
The staff, the rest of the student body and a good number of parents watched the spectacle, with the students thunderously chanting “cheese her” until the last cup of cheese was emptied onto Rainer’s head.
The walk-a-thon is the main source of revenue for the Bertha Neal PTAC, which has used previous walk-a-thon proceeds to purchase iPads and document cameras for classrooms, pay for field trips, provide end of the year medals/dog tags for kindergarten and 1st-grade students, help fund Field Day activities, reimburse teachers for classroom supplies and more.
Students collected donations from friends and family throughout the month of October, and the fundraiser culminated on Halloween with nacho-themed holiday parties and a student parade – in costumes – through the neighborhood next to the school.