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Students go hog wild as Southington teachers pucker up for pig

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Teachers kissed a potbelly pig in Southington after their students reached a reading goal. (WFSB photo) Teachers kissed a potbelly pig in Southington after their students reached a reading goal. (WFSB photo)
Our own Mark Zinni was hog heaven today! (WFSB) Our own Mark Zinni was hog heaven today! (WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Educators puckered up for a pig at Plantsville Elementary School in Southington on Friday.

School officials said the students reached a reading goal over the summer, so their teachers had to plant a kiss on a not-so-little piggy.

Students waited not-so-patiently for the perfect pucker-up from their principal.

They all cheered “kiss the pig, kiss the pig.”

The children went hog wild as principal Steve Bergin and several teachers lined up for a smooch from the swine in Southington.

Friday’s kiss-off was the aftermath of a super successful summer reading challenge, teachers said.

Almost all of the kids read close to 5,500 books, an average of 23 per student.

"Our goal was, the students are going to go home, we want them to drive themselves into trying to inspire themselves with the knowledge and the thought of ‘okay with the entire community, we're going to have this fun event,’” Bergin said.

Bergin and the others kept their promise and pigged out.

One after another, they got a little passionate with the pig.

It wasn’t just any pig either. It was Daisy the famous potbelly pig who stole the show, along with Farmer Minor of Bristol.

"But it's so important for these kids to get excited about reading and even the ones that might not have been good readers to start with, if we can just get them started to read they'll find out it’s fun,” Minor said.

Minor said he and Daisy travel the country and ham it up for the kids and the kissers, who said they were all happy as a pig in mud.

"Daisy was a great sport and Farmer Minor and to be honest, I said to many of the staff members, ‘I didn't realize how big this was gonna be!’” Bergin admitted.

If they do it again next year, the teachers said they’re already planning to have Daisy back for more.

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