CLARKS GREEN - Pie for breakfast? That’s what was being served in the Clarks Green Assembly of God during the morning hours of Feb. 18.
The 4th annual Pie for Breakfast is a fundraiser to raise money for the general fund of the Abington Christian Academy, a tuition-based, not-for-profit school for children from grades pre-K through 12. This event also allows the community to enjoy many varieties of pie, including cherry, blueberry, yogurt, raisin and pizza. There were also gluten-free pies served while attendees enjoyed the company of friends, family members, and acquaintances.
Clarks Summit resident Geoff Shaw, who has been coming to this event for three years, meets people he hasn’t seen in a while and catches up with them. He also sets a record for himself of the most pies eaten in one sitting.
“Last year, I think I had 10 pieces,” he said. “This year, I got my record. I got 14 pieces of pie.”
The pies were both made and served by teachers, students and volunteers of the Abington Christian Academy. Beba Williams, whose son Allan is a 10th-grade arts and music student of the school, brought her chocolate cream pie, which she makes from scratch. She and Allan both volunteered the pies to guests.
“I like serving them and I enjoy the event,” said Allan.
Matt Benjamin, seventh and eighth-grade teacher, and Sophia Ortiz, a 10th-grade student, were among the volunteers serving pies.
Students were also guests. Fraternal twins Samuel and Sophia Davies, who both attend kindergarten at the academy, ate together with their parents, Jason and Karen, and their sister, Madeline.
“Good food, good fellowship,” Karen said about the event.
Madeline Davies is a fifth-grade student at the academy.
“It has nice teachers,” she said about the school.
Steve and Erin Duc, of Dalton, spoon-fed pieces of pie to their toddlers Steve Jr. and Madilyn and said they love the community event.
“It’s amazing everything we do here,” said Steve. “We’re really happy the way they bring the community together.”
Last Halloween, the Duc family attended the school’s Trunk or Treat, in which Steve Jr. and Madilyn rode ponies.
Pie for Breakfast was led by event coordinator Louise Cator and Shirley Gilpin, whose granddaughter Madison Kessler is a 10th-grade student at the academy. Gilpin first heard about a pie for breakfast event from her daughter Debbie LaRose, who lives in Vermont where, four years Woodbury Elementary School in Woodbury, VT, had such a fundraiser to save this school and library. Gilpin thought it was a neat idea and decided to share it with Abington Christian Academy.
“I proposed it to the Abington Christian Academy and they said, ‘That’s great. Let’s do it,’” she said. “So, four years ago, we had our first one (Pie for Breakfast), and it was very successful. People loved it, and so we have continued doing it for the last four years.”
Although Abington Christian Academy has moved to the United Methodist Church of Chinchilla, the Pie for Breakfast was still located in the Fellowship Hall of Clarks Green Assembly of God since it’s been the location of this event for four years.
Students, teachers and volunteers of Abington Christian Academy serve pies at the Fourth Annual Pie for Breakfast. From left, Matt Benjamin, who teaches grades seven and eight; Sophia Ortiz, a 10th-grade student; and Beba Williams, a volunteer whose son, Allan, is a student of Abington Christian Academy.
The Davies family. of Clarks Summit, enjoy pies at the event. From left, Sofia, age 5;l Karen, Samuel, age 5; Jason, and Madeline, age 10.
The Duc family, of Dalton, enjoys Pie for Breakfast. Erin, holding Madilyn, age 3, and Steve holding Steve, Jr.