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Fundraiser Wrap Party Whips Up Some Fun
Checking out their handiwork are students Mia Terry, foreground, with teacher Karen Plott and Jacqueline Marquez, with teacher Amanda Taylor.
After being pied, teacher Nicole Harp shares a smile with student Athzyri Arreguin, who had the pleasure of putting the whipped cream pie in her teacher’s face.

It was a wrap up party that was supposed to be outdoors but, with bad air quality in the region due to wildfires, it got moved inside to the Dent Elementary cafeteria.

The school hosted a pie sale fundraiser wrap on Friday, with two separate sessions to accommodate all the students, with TK through second grade students enjoying the first assembly, third through fifth graders the second.

Officials said it was one of the most successful pie fundraisers the school has had, with a total of 1,177 pies sold. Top sellers in a number of classes had the opportunity to ‘pie’ their teacher – or, in a couple of cases, Principal Anthony Varni – as a reward for their outstanding efforts.

Money raised goes to help pay for Asilomar Science Camp, with the money earned at each grade level staying with that class as they move on at Dent,  until they get to their Asilomar field trip.

Dent PTO President Krysten Lial said organizers were extremely pleased with the fundraiser.

“Our goal was 600 pies and we almost doubled it,” she said.

Class winners were Mr. Rockwell’s fourth grade class selling a total of 118 pies, followed by Taylor, kindergarten, 87; Casazza, fifth grade, 84; Harp, first, 68 and Parks, fifth, 67.

Each of the top five selling classes will also get a popcorn and movie party during December to reward them for their salesmanship.

The frozen, ready to bake pies proved to be popular, especially around the holidays, and Lial said students were also excited to win grade level contests to put a whipped cream pie in the face of their teacher.

Some of the teachers suited up with goggles, others wore hair nets but all seemed very willing to be pied by the students.

Also at the assembly, students learned that they raised almost $17,000 for the school during the recent jog-a-thon.