A smooch with a pot-bellied pig secures a $5,500 grant for Bensalem High School

The funds will be used to purchase updated resources for the school’s accounting classes and business department

From left: David Miller, Tara Carroll, TruMark Financial representatives Randi Marmer and Marnicia DeVore; Kim Rivera, and Jason Bowman

Bensalem High School business curriculum leader David Miller prides himself for puckering up nine times with a pig at TruMark Financial Credit Union’s annual Kiss-A-Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser.

The school participated in the fundraiser, held on Oct. 2 at the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown. Local schools, organizations and credit union employees raise money for the privilege of kissing a pig. The proceeds provide grants to the school’s business departments.

Trumark Financial awarded Bensalem High School a $5,500 grant for Miller’s smooch.

“I have a straight running record and I would not want to have anything interfere with that,” he chuckled.

The school plans to use the grant to purchase updated resources for its accounting classes and business department.

Bensalem embraced the concept of kissing a pig nine years ago and has never looked back.

“We have been able to provide opportunities and enrich the business curricula with the help of TruMark Financial’s generosity. It has been a great partnership,” said Miller.

Tara Carroll, business education teacher, spearheads the school’s fundraising efforts, while Miller gets the honor of kissing Raines, a pot-bellied pig.

The fundraiser, one component of TruMark Financial’s Building Financial Futures initiative, heightens awareness for financial literacy and raises money for local schools in need of personal finance materials.

The following schools also participated in the Kiss-A-Pig Financial Literacy Fundraiser and will receive a $5,500 grant: Abraham Lincoln High School, Archbishop Wood High School, Baldi Middle School, Cheltenham High School, Herbert Hoover Elementary School, Maritime Academy Charter School, Norristown High School, Our Lady of Calvary School, St. George School, St. Jerome School and Stephen Decatur Elementary School.