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Pie in face payback for great cause

West Fargo High School math teacher Laura Preston reacts to getting hit with a whipped cream pie Friday by one of the students during a fundraising event by the DECA club with the proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dave Wallis

What's the sweetest way to raise money for an excellent cause and not gain any weight in the process?

The answer would be having a pie thrown in your face with proceeds benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The West Fargo High School DECA students were among more than 1,000 students from chapters throughout North Dakota who hosted various fundraisers last week as part of the weeklong observance of national DECA week.

DECA is short for Distributive Education Clubs of America, a business marketing, management, and entrepreneurship organization that strives to educate its members about general marketing, entrepreneurship, and general business strategies and decisions, aiming to prepare them for careers in related fields.

A total of $310 was raised for MDA as a result of 17 teachers willing to receive a pie in the face for the excellent cause, including DECA chapter advisor Jenna Skaff. Skaff was not scheduled to be one of the 'pied' teachers but students raised $51 to see it happen, so she couldn't disappoint.

A total of 80 students, representing grades 10 through 12, are involved in the DECA program, with Kayla Hawley serving as the group's president.

Skaff said her students were the top DECA chapter in the state of North Dakota to raise money for MDA, both a state and national sponsor for of DECA. Students also donated monies to MDA from previous projects - the Stop the Bop and the Dunk Tank.

Other DECA week activities the students participated in included a 'pink' day where the staff and student wore pink to support Breast Cancer and donated $1 to Breast Cancer Awareness, collecting $160 for the cause; and a Packer Connection sale with 15% percent off merchandise.

DECA members also held their annual pancake at Applebee's, the proceeds of which will be used for the Central Region Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 3-6.

Skaff said the students loved all the activity, especially the pie throwing event. "Most of the kids ate lunch quickly or stood and ate to watch the event.  They thought it was fun to be able to pie their teacher - a little pay back. They said it was really fun and they want to see something like this again.  It was a good way to get the teacher and the students involved."