Students Vote for Teachers to Kiss a Cow

events June 2, 2014 5:00 am

By Francine Fulton

Kiss a Cow

Teacher Kathleen Mullen (right) agreed to kiss a cow as part of a fall fundraising event at St. Joseph School in Downingtown. Puff (center) was brought to the school by local farmer Tom Nields.

While Americans were casting their votes for president and other political offices, students at St. Joseph School were also learning about the election process by having to choose five faculty and staff members to kiss a live cow as part of a fall fundraising event.

Voting for the first “Kiss-A-Cow” contest took place during lunch periods at the school from Oct. 15 to 19, as well as at the school’s first Fall Festival in October. Each vote cost one dollar, and students were able to vote as many times as they wished.

“(The Fall Festival) was similar to the Spring Fair, but we had some additions like a hayride, pumpkin decorating, a s’mores station, games and prizes,” said Jenn Messina, Fall Festival chair, who added that the event also included a chili cook-off.

She explained that there were 40 people on the ballot, and the top five faculty members who received the most votes were declared winners of the “Kiss-A-Cow” contest at the Fall Festival.

The highest vote getters included teachers Geri Eberhardt, Kathleen Mullen and Diane Mascuilli, as well as the Rev. Msgr. Joseph McLoone, parochial administrator, and the Rev. Brian Kean, parochial vicar.

As the culmination of the “Kiss-A-Cow” contest, students, teachers, and staff members gathered outside the Downingtown school on Nov. 2 along with “Puff,” a Jersey cow, which was brought to the school by Tom Nields of Topper Hill Farm in Downingtown.

The participants eagerly planted a kiss on the cow, who they all agreed was very gentle and kind.

Students raised nearly $1,300 in votes. Funds raised from the Fall Festival, including those from the “Kiss-A-Cow” contest, will be used for new programming and improvements to the school.

St. Joseph School, which offers classes for students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, is located at 340 Manor Ave. in Downingtown. The school will hold an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 1 and at 7 p.m. for prospective students and their families.

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