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Teachers, Assistant Principal Get "Pi"ed


Steve Johnson awaits a pie   Steve Johnson gets  pie in face  The aftermath   mr crombie with student

Amherst Middle School students donated $1,798 in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to raise money in a Penny War for their Bald for Bucks campaign and to have the chance to see Keith Crombie, assistant principal, get “pied” during a lunch period.


Partly in celebration of Pi Day (March 14 – 3.14) and as a jumpstart to their fifth annual Bald for Bucks campaign, the Penny Wars was the brainchild of several middle school teachers, Kelly Jesse, Steve Johnson, Mary Newman and Melissa Whitten.


Mrs. Panella before the pie The Penny Wars goal for a class to have a chance at throwing a pie at Mr. Crombie was to raise $314. They far exceeded that goal. Final counts of totals raised by each class has not been counted yet, but the seventh-grade class took first place, sixth-grade class took second and eighth-grade came in third.


Seventh-grade students who got chosen to pie a teacher were Isabella Vivolo, who chose music teacher Erin Ayer; Matthew Murak, who chose math teacher Steve Johnson, and Mariam Natiq who got to "pie" Mr. Crombie.


Sixth-grade students who were chosen to pie a teacher were Brandon Dixon, who chose science teacher Kevin Fildes; Joe O'Brien who pied social studies teacher Rosamaria Panella; and Madelyn Agostino who threw a whipped cream pie at Mr. Crombie.


Mr. Crombie after the pie How the Penny War worked:  Pennies and Paper are “Positive.” Silver “Subtracts!”  

  • Containers are in the front hall before school.
  • Each donation will earn you an entry to be the lucky student to pie a teacher!
  • Each penny counts as one positive point for YOUR grade level. A dollar bill will count for 100 positive points!
  • Each silver coin counts as negative points for OTHER grade levels. In other words, dropping a quarter in another grade’s bucket subtracts 25 points from their total.


The middle school will celebrate its Bald for Bucks event on Thursday, April 18.

Mr. Fildes with sixth-grade student  Mr. Crombie with pie on face  Mrs. Ayers