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Andy Hoeppner, principal at Starr Elementary, promised his students that he would kiss two farm animals if they could raise $250 for the fire-damaged St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts. Hoeppner is pictured above kissing Walter, a calf owned by Marybeth Raddatz, also pictured. (Photo by Jackie Grumish)

Starr donates $267 to SCC Elementary

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Students at Starr Elementary donated $267 to St. Croix Central Elementary School after an arson fire forced school officials to close the building and move the students to "Panther Camp" at Rolling Ridges Girl Scout Camp.

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A coin drive was organized by Rachel Minch, kindergarten teacher at Starr Elementary.

Andy Hoeppner, Starr Elementary principal, agreed to dress as a farmer if the students could collect $150. He told the kids he would kiss a farm animal if they were able to raise $200 and he'd kiss two farm animals if they could reach $250. They did just that.

A school-wide assembly was conducted Wednesday, June 5, and Hoeppner fulfilled his promise by kissing Katie, a horse owned by the Raddatz family, and Walter, a sunburnt calf, also owned by the Raddatzs.

To sweeten the deal, Hoeppner threw in an extra $120 for St. Croix Central Elementary when Tom Cleveland and six other teachers also offered to kiss Walter.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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