Mary Montgomery principal Joe Toomey put his back to the wall for a good cause this week — and even took a few pies to the face.
Mary Montgomery’s student council and a leadership class have undertaken projects to help fund education for underprivileged children in developing countries through a group called Dot (Do One Thing) Products.
Toomey said the students came to him with an idea: They could raise money by selling strips of tape that would be used to duct tape him to the wall. They could raise even more by selling the opportunity to smash a pie in his face.
“They knew I would do it,” Toomey said. “The taping to the wall was no problem at all. The pie in the face was not the greatest experience just because it sours after a while. But overall, it was an easy thing. We were right out where the kids come out from the cafeteria, so it drew a big crowd. It was fun.”
Students paid $1 for a strip of duct tape to tape Toomey to the wall and $3 for a pie. Toomey estimated that he took “35 or 40” pies to the face and said the students raised about $650 through this project and another for a girl named Grace in Tanzania — enough to cover her educational costs for two years. Other projects are ongoing, he said.
Toomey wasn’t the only principal to undergo the duct tape treatment recently. Clark-Shaw Magnet’s Mary Divincenzo also allowed her students to tape her to the wall as part of the school’s United Way drive. Clark-Shaw raised nearly $4,000 as part of Mobile County Schools’ system-wide pledge drive.