Students and staff were armed with buckets of freshly cooked mashed potatoes and playfully slung the taters at each other to raise money for Lammersville’s art program.
Melissa Corso, vice president of the parent run Lammersville School Foundation, organized the third annual event with club president Nancy Treolo.
“It was like a war zone,” said Corso, as she wiped the gooey potatoes out of her hair and off of her clothing. “It’s totally good fun for the older adults to get to be a kid again, and the kids (students) love it.”
Corso said the event raised about $600 for the rural Tracy school, 16555 Von Sosten Road, which will supplement the art program’s $4,000 annual budget.
Each participant — including about 34 students and five teachers — paid $15 to throw the potatoes.
To make the event fair for the younger students, the spud wars were broken into two grade groups, K-4 and 5-8.
As the students got the countdown to fire away, they each scooped out fistfuls of mashed potatoes from their buckets and prepared to launch.
Within seconds, participants were getting coated in the white vegetable matter.
Gracie Costa, 7, was speckled with spuds from head to toe.
“It was messy, but fun,” said the second-grader. “I liked aiming the potatoes at the teachers and students, but I hate getting dirty.”
In the two previous years, the parents club organized jello wars, but this year they changed the launching substance to spuds, Treolo said.
Treolo’s fifth-grade son, Donovan, said he was eager to get on the field and have some fun.
“I like to throw stuff,” he said. “I did the jello wars and that was fun. I like throwing mashed potatoes and seeing what they (targets) look like after.”
When the event wrapped up, many of the participants looked as if they had dunked their heads in the mashed potato buckets.
“They aimed for the face,” said fifth-grade teacher, Martha Minasian.
Seventh-grade teacher, Sue Graves, said the potatoes were “really heavy and it doesn’t come off.”
“When you get hit, you know it,” Graves said. “It’s like throwing plaster — it’s cold and wet. I’ve got mashed potatoes all the way in my ear and up my nose.”
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