Ad­min­is­tra­tor Makes Good On ‘Kiss The Goat’ Chal­lenge

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIR­GINIA STILL vstill@oak­dale­

There was ex­cite­ment swirling the black top on Fri­day, April 20 around noon at Car­dozo Middle School when Dorothy the Goat ar­rived on cam­pus. Vice Prin­ci­pal Greg Diaz had pre­vi­ously agreed to give Dorothy a smooch if Car­dozo stu­dents could raise $250 to reach their goal for Ea­gle Day.

CMS Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion teacher and Lead­er­ship Ad­vi­sor Melissa Werner and hus­band Ron have a small ranchette in Oak­dale with their chil­dren and three goats, 14 chick­ens, two dogs, and one cat.

“My chil­dren are in­volved in the Val­ley Home 4-H, which be­gan our in­ter­est in rais­ing some farm an­i­mals,” said Werner. “They are all ac­tu­ally pretty spoiled.”

The fun be­gan when the ju­nior high stu­dents were par­tic­i­pat­ing in their an­nual Penny Wars fundraiser that pro­vides funds for Ea­gle Day in Fe­bru­ary. Try­ing to stir up some ex­cite­ment for Penny Wars, Werner put it out there to the teach­ers that for the first pe­riod class with the least amount of money raised their teacher would have to do some­thing kooky like kiss a farm an­i­mal.

“The teacher that ac­tu­ally brought in the least amount of money was our Span­ish Teacher, Ms. Diaz (no re­la­tion to Mr. Diaz),” stated Werner. “She agreed to kiss the goat, but I knew we had to find a way to ‘save’ her. As the smooching day ap­proached, I be­gan talk­ing to stu­dents and they said they would ac­tu­ally like to see Mr. Diaz kiss the goat.”

Mak­ing the task a bit more pleas­ing Werner set a goal for rais­ing $250 in three days and if the stu­dents and staff could reach that goal Mr. Diaz would then give the goat a kiss.

“He is such a good sport,” added Werner. “I asked many stu­dents on cam­pus if they would be will­ing to do­nate more money to Ea­gle Day just to see Mr. Diaz kiss a goat, and the stu­dents seemed re­ally ex­cited and en­thu­si­as­tic about it. Even staff opened their wal­lets to con­trib­ute. They wanted to see this.”

With the new deal, lead­er­ship stu­dents, Werner and a fel­low teacher hit the halls with a do­na­tion box be­fore school, dur­ing brunch, and both lunch pe­ri­ods col­lect­ing cash.

Reach­ing their goal of $250 the mo­ment for Diaz to honor his side of the deal hap­pened out on the black top and although nei­ther Dorothy or Diaz seemed to be that ex­cited, the stu­dents were all smiles and had

their phones out to cap­ture the mo­ment.

“I like do­ing stuff like this and the kids love it,” said Diaz with a smile. “The goat just hap­pened to be one of Ms. Werner’s so her hus­band brought her down and it was a goat we knew that was not go­ing to chew my face off. It (the kiss) was very tasty. A lit­tle bbq sauce would have helped.”

The first kiss hap­pened with­out in­ci­dent and af­ter a few min­utes the stu­dents started chant­ing “one more time.” So be­ing a good sport and with all the en­cour­age­ment Diaz went in for a sec- ond kiss.

Although Dorothy was re­luc­tant to par­tic­i­pate and ner­vous with the crowd and the noise the sec­ond kiss went with­out in­ci­dent as well.

The stu­dents were laugh­ing and clap­ping and had sev­eral ques­tions for Diaz af­ter the event like how did he pre­pare and if he prac­ticed on a stuffed goat.

“Luck­ily, Mr. Diaz is such a great guy and re­luc­tantly kissed Dorothy for a sec­ond time,” added Werner. “Sev­eral teach­ers thought it was su­per funny and a great idea. Stu­dents were also say­ing how funny it was to see Mr. Diaz kiss a goat. I think they saw a softer side of Mr. Diaz.”

Mix­ing a lit­tle fun with fundrais­ing gave many that par- tic­i­pated a good chuckle and big smiles al­low­ing stu­dents to have some fun dur­ing their reg­u­lar school day.

“I thought it was an ex­cel­lent event,” said Prin­ci­pal Kevin Bizzini. “It was great to have the kids all gath­ered around and ex­cited about rais­ing money for Ea­gle Day, that is what it was all about.”

Ea­gle Day will be held on Fri­day, May 25 and lead­er­ship is cur­rently work­ing out all the de­tails to make a mem­o­rable end of year cel­e­bra­tion for the stu­dents.

On Wed­nes­day, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the gym, Car­dozo Middle School will host Care Night which is an evening to rec­og­nize and honor stu­dents and their ac­com­plish­ments.


The ex­cite­ment was in the air at Car­dozo Middle School this past Fri­day and the phones were out as Mr. Diaz and Dorothy the goat got to know each other be­fore the highly an­tic­i­pated kiss.


Car­dozo Middle School Vice Prin­ci­pal Greg Diaz kissed Dorothy the Goat to honor the deal made with stu­dents for reach­ing a fundrais­ing goal and Ron Werner was there to make sure things went smoothly.

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