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Principal Kisses Fish for C4K

Williamstown Public School Principal Winner
in Kiss the Fish Contest for Champions for Kids

(Williamstown) – It wasn’t the best kiss Jennifer Charbonneau had ever received, but it was for a good cause.

The principal at Williamstown Public School recently planted a big wet one on the scaly lips of “Mr. M” the frozen arctic char. She made her move after being selected as the winning volunteer in the school’s Kiss the Fish coin drive contest for the Champions for Kids Foundation , said Natalie Corneau, a contest organizer.

The privilege fell to the principal during a raucous school assembly March 1 after it was found she had submitted the heaviest bucket of coins out of four staff volunteers participating in the fundraiser. The contest raised $690 for the charity.

“It was cold and wet … but after all the hype I would never disappoint the kids,” said Charbonneau of why she honoured her pledge as winner.

During the recent three-week campaign, students and staff were encouraged to place coins into the bucket of the staff volunteer they most wanted to see kiss a fish. There were classroom tally charts, posters, and even a few “bribes” during the campaign, said Corneau.

Mr. M was helpfully provided by a fiancée of one of the teachers at the school, who brought him home from a recent trip to Nunavut.

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) Champions for Kids Foundation (C4K) is a charity formed in January 2008 to discreetly help level the playing field for UCDSB children and their families. Its main focus is to assist families in allowing their children to participate in sports, arts and other fun activities outside of school hours. Champions also meets unique needs like covering minor medical expenses such as eyeglasses, providing gas cards to parents with a child in the hospital, or purchasing a winter coat for a child who needs warmth.

Posted April 5, 2016


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