On Tuesday, January 11, BuildOn, formerly known as Building with Books, held its fifth annual Pie-a-Teacher event in Stuyvesant’s cafeteria on the fifth floor. BuildOn is a nonprofit organization that holds programs at local United States schools and contributes all proceeds toward building schools in developing countries such as Haiti and Mali.
Admission cost one dollar at the door. Refreshments, such as desserts and soda, were also available for purchase. Students paid 50 cents per raffle ticket to pie each teacher. Club members randomly selected three to four tickets from the bag and winners would be able to pie the respective teacher.
Club leaders were satisfied with the event’s yield this year. “Our goal was to raise 200 to 300 dollars and 300 dollars was pushing it, but it came out to be close to 400 dollars and more,” BuildOn faculty advisor Angel Colon said.
However, last year’s Pie-a-Teacher event raised approximately 500 dollars, according to BuildOn President Becky Chao. Chao believes that a lower turnout this year may be the reason for a decrease in funds raised. She attributed the lower turnout to there mostly being upperclassmen teachers participating and the event being held on a Tuesday near the end of Stuyvesant’s first term.
Colon said that it was too chaotic to tell how many students attended the event, but estimated the number to be approximately 50.
Of the 10 teachers that were scheduled to be pied, eight were in attendance. “[BuildOn] reached out to about 25 teachers, and only half of them agreed which was pretty much what we expected. A few of the teachers had last minute emergencies though so they couldn’t make it,” Chao said.
Most of the teachers that participate in the event do so because they support BuildOn’s cause.
After social studies teacher and dean Daniel Tillman was pied, he addressed his reason for participating. “It’s all just for good fun, you know. It lets the kids get out some of the frustration they have towards some of their teachers and it all goes toward a good cause, so I have no problem with it.”
Some students voiced concerns about there not being enough teachers and hoped for more efficient ways of choosing teachers.
“Eight teachers wasn’t nearly enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it, considering that I didn’t even know half the teachers,” sophomore Akash Howlader said.
However, overall, the event was well received. “[Pie-a-Teacher] turned out to be a lot funner than I originally expected. It was hilarious watching some of the teachers I’ve always disliked get pied in the face,” sophomore Nadeem Choudhury said.