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Llama Feels The Love

Posted 9/21/2017

MIDDLE school language arts teacher Kelli Zehr takes a minute to woo Korvette as she builds up her courage and prepares for the kiss. MIDDLE school language arts teacher Kelli Zehr takes a minute to woo Korvette as she builds up her courage and prepares for the kiss. By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—There was a lot of smooching going on at Burrton High School last Friday afternoon. Llama smooching, that is.

Throughout the week, students had been placing money in jars for a Stuco fundraiser to nominate one of their teachers to kiss a llama owned by principal Tyler Hoopes. The teacher with the most money at the end of the week had to kiss Korvette the llama during Burrton’s homecoming pep rally Friday.

Middle school language arts teacher Kelli Zehr was the lucky teacher who got to kiss Korvette the llama, raising about $40 more than the second-place teacher.

After petting Korvette a bit and getting her to relax, Zehr mustered up her courage and gave the llama a quick peck on the cheek.

“I was a little scared at first because I am not an animal person,” Zehr said.

After Zehr had kissed the llama, middle school math teacher Greg Robinson—who had allegedly put $20 in Zehr’s jar—came forward and without hesitation gave Korvette a good smooch right above the lips.

BURRTON Middle School math teacher Greg Robinson gives Korvette the llama a nice smooch last Friday as part of a Stuco fundraiser. BURRTON Middle School math teacher Greg Robinson gives Korvette the llama a nice smooch last Friday as part of a Stuco fundraiser. “I didn’t want to kiss it, but once Mrs. (Whitney) Woodward called me out, I figured I couldn’t chicken out,” Robinson said. He added that if it had been a touch-the-snake contest, there’s no way he would have gone down there because he’s terrified of snakes.

After the assembly, students could line up to pet Korvette, and some of the braver ones gave her a kiss too.

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