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January 14, 2009

Would You Kiss a Donkey?

It just might help your community! This is how two schools did it.

5 or 6 years ago, I got a call from a friend of mine asking me to bring one of my donkeys to a school party. Here's how the story began. My friend was the head teacher at a small elementary level private school near where I lived at the time. Her school does a "workathon" program every year to raise money for the school and to help the community. The students get sponsors to donate money to the school in exchange for the students doing community service work - helping neighbors in the area, collecting food for the local food bank, etc.

That particular year, my friend decided she'd give the students an extra incentive to reach their workathon goal for the year. If they met the goal, she'd bring a donkey to the end-of-the-schoolyear party and kiss the donkey in front of all the kids. The kids loved the idea, and worked very hard to reach their goal.

So my friend called me up to see if I could provide a donkey for their party. I was happy to oblige. My lovely jennet, Lily, absolutely adores kids, and this was right down her alley! Lily and I were a huge hit at the school party. All the kids eagerly awaited the moment they'd get to see their teacher kiss a donkey. What a blast! And afterward, each class got a chance to come up and pet Lily. Lily loved every minute of it, and was a superb ambassador for longears.

Here is a photo of the teacher, Lily (sporting her bright red lipstick kiss on the nose) and me having a grand time clowning around for the kids!


I thought of this story when I was reading the news this evening, and ran across the story of another school leader who has volunteered to kiss a donkey in front of his students if they meet their canned food drive goal. Read their story here!

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at January 14, 2009 06:25 PM