Ridgway Christian School students witnessed their principal Lenora Porter kiss a donkey Wednesday as promised if students held up their end of a bargain. She was among other educators recently who also did unusual projects if students met a goal.

Ridgway Christian School students witnessed their principal Lenora Porter kiss a donkey Wednesday as promised if students held up their end of a bargain. She was among other educators recently who also did unusual projects if students met a goal.

Porter agreed if the students raised $9,000 for St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon she would kiss a farm animal. The 94 students participating exceeded their goal and raised $9,226.35.

Porter was not told what animal she would be kissing until the day before it happened. When she found out it was a donkey she said she wished it would have been a sheep instead.

Tenth grade student Rebecca Landreth donated her 7 month old donkey Clint for the occasion. Other teachers joined in to motivate the children to get involved.

Fifth grade teacher Barbi Varnell said she would donate her hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for ill children.

Seven other teachers also joined in and volunteered to be dunked in water by the top seven children who raised the most money.

Varnell was excited to donate her hair.

“You can give a boy a hat, but a girl needs hair,” said Varnell, who donated 15 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.

The children began to chant “cut it off” as Varnell sat down in the salon chair. The students gasped as her hair began to be cut off, but cheered as she held up the ponytail she cut off.

Meanwhile, seven teachers were dunked by the top seven students who raised the most money.

Raising the most money at $595, Ryan Lea got the chance to dunk his mom, Rexanna Lea.

Other students and teachers involved in dunking included:

• Jesse James earned $255 and dunked teacher Bethel Byrd.

• Colby Donaldson raised $250 and dunked Margie Durbin.

• Stella Render raised $250 and dunked Janelle Blue.

• Marky-Keaton Render also raised $250 and dunked Adrienne Scoggin.

• Jarvis Paylor who also raised $250 dunked Stephani Veach.

• Marcus Paylor raised $225 and dunked Linzie Towe.

According to St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon website, the fundraiser works by students asking family and friends to donate money for each math problem they work in their funbook. There are about 200-250 problems in the book.

St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon is a program is geared toward children in grades K-8. Throughout the program children not only improve their math skills they also get the chance to experience what it’s like to help others.