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Principals kiss chickens at assembly

Vice Principal Roger Sheffield (left), Principal Maggie Hicks (right) and chickens.

Maplesville High School students assembled in their auditorium to witness Principal Maggie Hicks and Vice Principal Roger Sheffield keep their end of the bargain and lay a kiss on a chicken Friday.

The “chicken kissin” was part of a month-long fundraiser challenge put together by second grade teacher Teresa Stewart, to help raise money for Relay For Life.

Chad Harrison, seventh through ninth grade math teacher and softball coach, was the emcee of the event.

With elementary versus high school, students were challenged to bring in “chicken change” to reach a goal of $500. The rules were, if the elementary students raised the most, Sheffield would have to kiss a chicken, and if the high school students raised the most, Hicks would have to kiss the chicken. If the goal were met, they both would have to kiss the chicken.

“How many people know someone who had cancer and got rid of it,” asked Harrison.

Many students raised their hands.

“How many people know someone battling cancer right now?” asked Harrison.

Even more students’ hands went in the air.

The school raised $547.42, surpassing their initial goal, which meant both Hicks and Sheffield had to pucker up.

Before the curtains opened revealing the turken (the breed of chicken), the assembly had to stand up and perform the chicken dance, requested by Sheffield.

After the dance, Kathy Hand, “professional turken handler” and seventh through 12th grade science and English teacher, picked the bird up from its cage and held it while the students began the countdown and Sheffield prepared for the big kiss.

When it was Hicks’ turn for the “chicken kissin,” instead of the turken, she brought out a one-week-old chick, cupped in her hand. The students began the countdown and she kissed the baby chick.

“Sheffield was trying to get more students to donate to his side, and I was trying to get more students to donate to my side. It was a great fundraiser,” Hicks said.