Reading has many rewards — just ask the students at Heber Hunt Elementary School if there is any question to that.
Thursday morning the students found out how sweet reading can be when five lucky students were given the chance to throw a pie in the face of coach Kevin Ditzfeld as a reward for a recent book fair hosted at the school.
The All for Books Challenge is a matching grant program where Scholastic will match dollar for dollar the amount the local district raises.
The book fair was hosted Oct. 5-9 and students raised $170 by collecting their loose change.
“Scholastic has a competition in conjunction with their book fair each year,” librarian Amy Woolery said. “We use the money that we raise locally to help put more books in the hands of Heber Hunt students.”
The students at the school were allowed to vote for the teacher or administrator they wanted to see have a pie thrown in their face.
“I asked Principal (Brendan) Eisenmenger, our counselor Amanda Jackson, and Coach (Kevin) Ditzfeld if they were willing to take part,” Woolery said. “They all graciously agreed, but this year we were surprised when someone other than Mr. Eisenmenger was chosen.”
Ditzfeld was selected because the students put the most money in his jar.
“I’m just so happy to watch this and know it’s not me for once,” Eisenmenger said. “Coach is a great sport to let the kids do this.”
Ditzfeld was more than happy to do his part.
“I know the kids get a kick out of things like this,” Ditzfeld said prior to the event. “They don’t get to see things like this on a daily basis and it’s good to help bring a smile to their faces.
“I’ve been through some things like this in the past,” he added. “I really don’t mind being made a fool of when it is for such a good cause.”
Ditzfeld added that he really appreciated his fellow contestants and Woolery for spearheading the project.
“We have such a wide range of students here from so many different backgrounds,” Ditzfeld said. “I think we would all do anything for the kids here because they all help and support each other.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484