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Wholl have to kiss the pig at EU High?
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When does a kiss plus a pig equal big bucks?

When it’s a fund-raiser benefiting the East Union High School FFA program.

The FFA students will have a whole week to raise the dough. During “Kiss a Pig Week” from Feb. 22 to 25, students and others interested in making a donation, will have the opportunity to drop any amount in one of the five buckets bearing the names of five Lancer teachers or administrators. The school staff whose bucket gets the most money will have the honor of kissing the four-legged farm friend that the students will bring to school for this purpose on Friday, the last day of the fund-raiser.

The FFA group will pick the five school staff who will vie for the honor to kiss the pig, said Tailor Brown who is the East Union student representative this school year to the Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees meetings.

At lunch time on Friday, Feb. 25, the name of the winning school staffer will be announced. What follows next will be  the pinnacle of this fund-raising effort, when the chosen teacher or administrator will have a lips-and-snout encounter with the entire student body cheering on.

“This has always been a good fund-raiser for East Union FFA,” Brown told school district administrators and trustees at the Tuesday board meeting.

“It’s been very successful and the students have fun,” she said.

As for the teachers and administrators who get to be nominated, “They’re usually pretty good sports about it,” Brown said.

“Last year, we had Miss (Erin) Bowers, (school principal) Mr. (John) Alba, (football) Coach (Mike) James, (teacher and coach Willie) Mr. Herrera” plus a fifth nominee that momentarily skipped her mind during the interview.

One of the trustees, Don Scholl, handed a $5 donation after Brown’s presentation, saying he wanted the money to go to the bucket for Principal Alba, who was in the audience.

All the money raised from this fun event will be used by the school FFA for competitions and other projects, Brown said.

The president of the East Union FFA this school year is Dylan Maneses, a senior.

Since the school has two lunch breaks, Brown said the winning school staff will have not just one but two opportunities to kiss the pig – the first one at 11:51 a.m., and the second one at 12:51 p.m.