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Baca's principal and two staff members hold three whipped-cream piesEvery St. Patrick’s Day season, generous folk across the country agree to have their heads shaved in the name of childhood cancer research as part of the St. Baldrick’s campaign.

At Baca Elementary, Principal Julie Griego challenged the Roadrunners and staff to donate to this most worthy cause, with the promise that if certain amounts were raised, there would be a whipped-cream pie toss-fest to celebrate.

In the end, more than $300 was collected via a large plastic container placed in front of the school’s office: earmarked for Brad Riccillo’s P.C.S.O. Super Team.

On Wednesday, a brave and good-natured collection of Roadrunners -- Student Council representatives and officers and popular Baca educator Abel “Mr. M” Montelongo – were treated to a plate full of whipped cream to the delightful screams of the Baca student body.

Selected to ensure that each recipient received a hearty coating of whipped cream to the face were Roadrunners who earned a laudable “ticket” by being exemplary scholars and citizens.

School nurse Jaime Lewis received the honor of decorating the face of her son Micah. And for a dieting Mr. M, a special dose of sugar-free whipped cream was employed.

Although Principal Griego promised that she too would receive a whipped-cream facial if $500 was raised, the Roadrunners and Baca staff pledged to raise that extra $200 come St. Baldrick’s 2025 so that their leader will be able to join in the fundraising fun.

Mr. Riccillo was on hand to collect the donation and thank the Roadrunners for their compassionate concern for children battling cancer.

The St. Baldrick’s “Brave the Shave” shearing will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pueblo West VFW Post 5812, 127 East Spaulding Avenue.

Those wishing to donate to Mr. Riccillo’s P.C.S.O. team may do so through