Teachers & Staff Members Get to Kiss a Cow

events August 5, 2014 2:14 am

By Francine Fulton

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

St. Joseph School students got their wish recently as members of the school’s faculty and administration got to kiss a cow as part of a fall fundraising event.

Staff members who were selected by the students gathered outside the Downingtown school to pucker up and kiss Puff, a Jersey cow that was brought to the school by her owner, Mildred Seeds, and handler, Tom Nields, a local farmer. Puff is a show cow who resides at Topper Hill Farm. She also visited the school last year for the “Kiss-A-Cow” contest.

Voting for the second annual “Kiss-A-Cow” event took place during lunch periods at the school from Oct. 7 to 11, as well as at the school’s second annual Harvest Fest in October. Each vote cost one dollar, and students were able to vote as many times as they wished.

The highest vote-getters included fourth-grade teacher Sister Hannah Miller, sixth-grade teacher Patricia Lewis and first-grade teacher Heather Leen, as well as the Rev. Msgr. Joseph McLoone, parochial administrator, and Sister Catherine Irene Masino, principal.

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

Beth Cusack, president of the Home and School Association, reported that the Harvest Fest, organized by Home and School member Jenn Messina, featured games, food, hayrides and entertainment, as well as a chili cook-off. Over 1,000 guests attended the event, which was run by over 300 volunteers.

“We raised approximately $16,000,” Cusack said, noting that the amount represents money earned at the event and from the Kiss-A-Cow voting. Funds raised from the Harvest Fest will be used for new programming and improvements to the school.

In addition to the Harvest Fest, the group sponsors an annual walk-a-thon and family dinner and art show, as well as other fundraisers.

St. Joseph School, which offers classes for students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, is located at 340 Manor Ave. in Downingtown. Fall open houses at the school for prospective students and their families will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

For more information, readers may call 610-269-8999 or visit www.stjoesschooldtown.org.

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