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Chesapeake students enjoy special week

Oct. 06, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- With a new athletic complex for Chesapeake's middle and high school under construction, the soccer and football teams have been playing all their games on the road.

To incite some school spirit and celebrate the teams that have become road warriors, middle school principal John Hayes organized a spirit week that culminated with him, assistant principal John Gibson and fifth-grade teacher Jamie Saunders kissing a pig.

"We wanted to take the day (on Thursday) and celebrate our student athletes and the band," Hayes said. "We're really celebrating being a middle school student and commemorating this season."

He said Road Warriors Week, which was filled with activities, also was a reward for entire student body. With construction taking place right outside the school -- bleachers were being installed Thursday -- it could be easy to lose focus on the academics inside the building.

"We've been able to keep it focused on teaching, learning and achievement," Hayes said.

As for the pig-kissing contest, students voted on which teacher from each of the four grades they wanted to see smooch the farm animal. Once that was narrowed down, students brought in loose change each day and used the coins to vote. They also were challenged to raise more than $100, which meant the principal and assistant principal also would pucker up.

The money will be used for accelerated reader books for students.