By Kristi Reed
Teachers at Duncan Creek Elementary School in Hoschton puckered up and kissed a llama on April 3 to help raise funds for Relay for Life.
Students donated $1 to vote for the teacher or administrator they wanted to see kiss a llama. The top four vote-getters -- Principal Carrie Yougel, third grade teacher Rich Voss, third grade teacher Kimberly Wilderspin and art teacher Jackie Ellett -- were selected to participate in the "big smackdown" with llamas provided by the Jackson County 4-H Love of Llamas program. In total, the students raised $403 during the event.
"We're going to make such a difference in peoples' lives fighting cancer," said Relay for Life co-chair Pat Vandegrift, a special education teacher at the school.
In addition to the Kiss a Llama event, students have raised funds for cancer research through crazy sock day, cookbook sales, collecting coins, hat day and poinsettia sales.
"We've done so many things and the students and parents have all been involved -- and all the teachers -- which makes a huge difference for people with cancer," added co-chair Shawn Stevens, a speech/language pathologist.
So far this year, Duncan Creek students have collected more than $8,000 for Relay for Life.
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