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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • ‘Pie in the face’ fundraiser nets $800 for needy children

  • Through a pie in the face fundraiser, the Fort Leonard Wood Noncommissioned Officers Academy’s Military Police Advanced Leader Course raised $800 for shoes for children who need them.
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  • Through a pie in the face fundraiser, the Fort Leonard Wood Noncommissioned Officers Academy’s Military Police Advanced Leader Course raised $800 for shoes for children who need them.
    Each class at the NCO Academy on Fort Leonard Wood adopts a community service project and/or volunteers to help out in the community.  Having heard about the Waynesville R-VI School District Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for shoes, the class adopted the project. 
    SSG Kristine Harlan had the perfect idea: a pie in the face fundraiser. A soldier could place a bid to toss a pie into the face of another; however, that soldier could counter with a higher bid.
    A competition ensued, and the bids volleyed back and forth. 
    “One pie went for $180 and that was the one that went into my face,” said Harlan, with obvious enthusiasm for the fundraiser. 
    Marianne Ward, director of communications and marketing, accepted the check on behalf of the foundation during a brief ceremony on Fort Leonard Wood. 
    “I don’t even know how the soldiers in the academy found out about our efforts to raise funds for shoes, but I am so grateful they did,” Ward said. “I consider this our little Christmas miracle. Due to extenuating circumstances, an anticipated $500 gift for shoes was not received earlier this month, but instead this $800 gift arrived!”
    A local business is expected to match the $800 gift.   
    Angie Nickels, the district’s homeless coordinator, is spearheading the program and working with school nurses and counselors to determine the children with the greatest need for shoes. 
    “We will start by providing our homeless children at the elementary level with shoes first,” said Nickels, “and then we will continue to provide shoes for our homeless at the middle and high school. 
    As funds remain available, we will take care of other children in need in the district.”  
    Anyone who wishes to provide funds for shoes may do so by writing a check to the Waynesville R-VI School District Foundation and putting “shoes” in the memo line of the check.
    Checks should be mailed to: Waynesville R-VI School Foundation, Attn: Cindy West, 200 Fleetwood Drive, Waynesville, MO 65583 
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