The principals of rival Greater Middlesex Conference high schools have developed a pie-in-the-sky charity concept that will leave one of them eating humble pie and the other pie-eyed.
Longtime friends John Anderson of St. Joseph and Pete Clark of North Brunswick are asking students at their respective high schools to bring non-perishable food items – no pies please – to Tuesday’s Red Division showdown between the schools at North Brunswick.
The principal of the school that collects the most donations for the Middlesex County Food Bank Association will be allowed to “pie” the other school’s principal during halftime of Tuesday’s game or at halftime of a Feb. 5 meeting at St. Joseph between the rivals.
The principals are making the ability to donate easy as pie for students. Both schools will be allowed to get a jump start with each collecting non-perishable items starting on Monday.
“A lot of people go hungry and we want to make a difference,” Anderson said. “It’s a great cause.”
Spectators can get a piece of the pie, so to speak, as they are being asked to bring items for donation on behalf of either team to Tuesday’s game.
Neither principal has opened his pie hole – talked trash – but Anderson said he is considering allowing himself to be pied even if St. Joseph loses the challenge.
The food bank has already dropped off 20 collection bins at each high school. At halftime, a judge will determine which school collected more items for donation.
Both schools, which are renowned for their community service projects, have always had their finger in the pie when it comes to chariable endeavors, but Anderson believes this is the first time St. Joseph has competed, or shared the pie, with another school in a fundraiser.
The concept, we dare say, may become as American as apple pie.