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McAuliffe Elementary School students laugh as Carson Gierke removes the whipped cream pie from principal Matt Esterby’s face. Star Gazette photos by Chad Richardson

McAuliffe students rewarded for a job well done

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Friday was anything but a normal day at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings.

Students were greeted from the roof by principal Matt Esterby as they entered the building.


Then, at lunchtime, a few students were able to smear whipped cream pies all over Esterby’s face.

The special day was made possible by the hard work students put in at raising money for the school’s new playground. They raised enough to earn both privileges.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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