Staff at Fort Elementary puckered up to kiss a pig.
 
The school participated in the Jump Rope for Heart program in February, raising $8,731 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
 
"This is the first year we started the Jump Rope for Heart fundraising program in our school, at least since I was here," said teacher Alfred Yung. "I myself have been affected with my family members with heart and stroke issues, so it's quite overwhelming to find out how much money we actually ended up raising. We surpassed our goal and it just makes me feel good in the heart."
 
Students, staff and members of the public watched as principal Sandra Sorochan, assistant principal Jim Gerwing and Yung, kissed a pig during an assembly on Monday (Mar.5).
 
“I didn’t think they were going to do it, but they did and we couldn’t believe it,” said grade six student, Elizabeth. “They did it to show us they keep their promises and to thank us for all the work we did to raise money for heart research.”
 
Yung said he prepared his lips prior to the memorable kiss and was looking forward to the excitement it would bring to the kids.
 
While the school plans to make this an annual event, kissing a pig was a one time deal.
 
“It wasn’t too bad and kids certainly all got a kick out of it,” said Sorochan. “I don’t know about next year though, maybe we’ll shave our heads.”
 
The Jump Rope program teaches students about heart health and healthy living habits over a two week period. They learn about kids who have heart issues, preventative measures and why it is important to eat well and be physically active.
 
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