The arrival on campus at Shepaug Valley Middle/High School recently of Baby Porks certainly made an impact.

A resident of Judd's Bridge in Roxbury, the young pig served as the catalyst in a successful fundraiser by Shepaug Valley High School senior Bridget McCarthy.

As one of several events she is hosting to complete her senior project, Bridget arranged to have Baby Porks as her guest for a "Kiss the Pig" fundraiser.

The ploy? Convince Shepaug teachers to kiss Baby Porks ... and the dollars would flow.

Money was donated to benefit the therapeutic riding stable, Little Britches, in Woodbury.

As part of her senior project, Bridget is researching Down syndrome.

"This is all an effect of growing up with Alicia Crossley, a 12-year-old at Shepaug with Down syndrome," explained the Shepaug senior.

The actual "Kiss the Pig" smooches were accomplished during a middle-school lunch period, with teachers Marianne Maher and Tom Scarola, as well as Bridget's mother, Adele McCarthy, the lucky ones to bond with Baby Porks.

Bridget reported $98 was donated in advance and $15 more was raised aduring the kissing.

She said the revenue brings to $450 the funds raised so far this school year.

Bridget plans a few more bake sales, as well as a field hockey tournament in the spring.

She said donations would be welcomed at Donors should type Little Britches into the search bar and then click Give Now.

"My goal is to raise $500 on the website," Bridget said. "I would like to ask people to post it to their Facebook pages and spread the word. Any donation size is fantastic and highly appreciated."

For more information about Little Britches, visit, call 860-350-5050 or email

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Photos courtesy of Cindy Koslosky