The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Hazel Dell Elementary students throw pies in the faces of teachers on Friday, the final day of classes before Noblesville Schools’ two-week spring break started at the end of the school day. The pie-throwing was in celebration of their nearly $21,000 in fundraising for the American Heart Association.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Hazel Dell Elementary students throw pies in the faces of teachers on Friday, the final day of classes before Noblesville Schools’ two-week spring break started at the end of the school day. The pie-throwing was in celebration of their nearly $21,000 in fundraising for the American Heart Association.

Hazel Dell Elementary School physical education teacher Doug Atkinson took a pie in the face again and again on Friday afternoon alongside his fellow teachers.

The pie-throwing was part of the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event that raised nearly $21,000 for the American Heart Association and had Indy 11 soccer players and mascots joining the part as guests.

Over the past almost 20 years, the school has raised almost $350,000, Atkinson told the cheering student body, who eagerly awaited the pie throwing. 

In the meantime, students were entertained by Indy Eleven soccer coach Martin Rennie (from Scotland), mascot, Zeke, and players Karl Ouimette and Tyler Pasher, who encouraged students to eat healthy, gave out high-fives and showed off their soccer-handling skills. Emily Nichols from the American Heart Association also thanked the youth and encouraged them to learn ways to take care of their hearts and to “do a good deed daily.”

Students who raised more than $100 for the charity got in line to throw whipped-cream pies at the teachers.

“This is a reward for doing such a great job and supporting our Association,” Atkinson said.

Hazel Dell student Hannah Struve was the top student fundraiser, collecting $1,720 in donations for the charity.

Noblesville Schools are always raising money for good causes and needs in the community.

At Noblesville East Middle School, the teachers on Friday afternoon were playing a game of basketball against the student winners of the Miller Madness in a fundraising championship tournament that benefits the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

Also, this week, Noblesville Schools spirit wear became available in the Miller Mall at millermall.org, thanks to a partnership with the locally owned and operated T&T Promotions, with a significant portion of the proceeds going directly to fund the educational needs of Noblesville Schools. Spirit wear is also available at the new NobleMade gift shop downtown Noblesville.

The fundraisers were a perfect way to end school as I felt a sigh of relief when it was time for the final bell to ring on Friday afternoon.

My daughter, as well as a lot of other students, are ready for our two-week spring break.

When the district decided a couple of years ago to schedule two weeks each for spring and fall breaks, adding to the already two-week holiday break, we weren’t sure if we’d like it.

After all, the summer seems short already. Take away another two weeks of our summer, and there is less time to spend swimming and playing at Forest Park Aquatic Center. (By the way, the pool’s early-bird special for memberships is going on now through April 30.)

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