Putting lipstick (marks) on a pig
Bear Canyon principal puts on a show for students
Bear Canyon Elementary School Principal Allison Olson thought she had found the man of her dreams already, that is until a 1,000-pound, 6-year-old black cross pig named Freightliner walked into her life.
Freightliner, who spent his first five and a half years living the farm life as a working show pig at Pig Pimpin’ in Brighton, is since retired and living out his days outside of town, but on Nov. 8 he made the trek to Highlands Ranch in the hopes of finding love.
Olson, who had promised the kids at the school that if they met their goal of raising $32,000 at this year’s Fun Run she would kiss a pig, spent the bulk of the day getting up close and personal with Freightliner.
At 1,000 pounds, Freightliner was too big to fit through the doors of the school, so instead of a single smack-a-roo at an all-school assembly, Olson got down on her knees eight different times throughout the day to give the pig some love, putting on a special show each for grades 1-6, and the morning and afternoon kindergartners as the kids enjoyed their recess periods just a wee bit more than normal.
“What I will not do for you guys to raise money,” Olson said to one group as they loudly chanted, “Kiss the pig! Kiss the pig!”
Olson, who in her first two years as principal at the school dressed up as a sumo ballerina and walked around on stilts after the kids met their fundraising goals, said that she wouldn’t be eating any bacon for a while after the “slimy” experience.
As far as her husband was concerned, he was out of town, she said, so he didn’t have to endure the agony of watching his wife kiss another bigger, stronger male.
“The kids have been waiting for this for weeks,” Olson said. “They are just so excited. They earned a ton of money, so they deserve it.”
The money raised will help the school fund future field trips, a new gym floor, outdoor education scholarships and new recess equipment, said Bear Canyon PTA president Anjie Ward, adding that the kids got to vote for what they would most like to see Olson do if they met their goal and they “overwhelmingly chose the pig.”
“We were just very happy to be able to find a pig at market time,” Ward said. “Living down here in the suburbs, we didn’t realize how hard it would be.”
The event, which was open to the community, also provided students with a chance to learn about 4-H from Freightliner’s handlers, who encouraged all those interested to check out their local chapter by visiting www.Colorado4H.org.