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Plant City Observer Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5 years ago

PHOTO GALLERY: Cow Kissing at Cork Elementary

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Cork Elementary guidance counselor Tim Godshall puckered up to kiss Aly the cow Tuesday morning as a reward to students for placing first in the United Food Bank of Plant City food drive for schools.

When Godshall took the job at Cork in 2009, he learned about efforts to collect food for the food bank's annual school food drive. He put out a challenge to the kids that if his students placed in the competition in the elementary school division, he would kiss a pig.

In 2010, Cork raised 1,165 pounds of food and Godshall held strong to his promise. The next year, he switched things up by taking a pie in the face after Cork placed first against all Plant City area elementary schools by raising 2,554 pounds.

In 2012, Cork more than doubled its efforts, collecting 6,560 pounds of food for children in need during the summer. Godshall decided to go back to animal kissing as a reward to students, kissing Aly, a show cow, on her wet nose three separate times for grade levels at Cork Tuesday.

Godshall plans to continue to come up with stunts to reward students for their fundraising efforts. He said he is considering kissing a gator in the future and has even considered sky diving.

"I'm not sure if the district's workers comp would cover that," he said.

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