Ms. Burns and teachers had told the students they would kiss a pig if the kids met their $5,000 goal in a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society — an effort they embarked on after fifth-grader Tyler Nelson was diagnosed with lymphoma, according to LLS spokeswoman Melisse Skelton.
Through Chores for Change, students surpassed the goal, raising $7,290.46 and "earning the title of the fourth-highest fundraising school in the Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay Area (LLS) chapter," Ms. Skelton said in a press release.
The kids raised the money by doing chores at home and employing "a host of creative fundraising methods and incentive programs," she said.
Lily, a 7-month-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, was bused to the bussing fest by her owner, Terry Tenzing. Friendly Pony Parties of Half Moon Bay helped arrange the visit.
The LLS raises money for research aimed at curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provides information and support services to patients and their families.