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Olivia Dutko concentrates on snipping along the lines of a pig picture she just finished coloring for National Pig Day in Bonita Biros' pre-kindergarten class Monday at Good Sheperd Academy in Kingston.
Olivia Dutko concentrates on snipping along the lines of a pig picture she just finished coloring for National Pig Day in Bonita Biros' pre-kindergarten class Monday at Good Sheperd Academy in Kingston.
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KINGSTON — In the pantheon of porcine prototypes, you may now include a periwinkle porker with a yellow giraffe neck, a slate gray sow with tail of orange and ears of ultramarine and the pig with eggs for eyes.
To say the tykes in Bonita “Miss Bonnie” Biros' pre-kindergarten class celebrated “National Pig Day” with a burst of creativity Monday would be an understatement. The Good Shepherd Academy youngsters let their imaginations go hog wild.
“I love your pig!” Biros told Hailey Pius, who had rolled out a few pieces of Play Doh to form a pig shape with small yellow blobs for eyes. “It looks like sunny-side up eggs!” A brief pause, then Biros added the inevitable. “Ham and eggs!”
“I made the spots green,” Giuseppe Bellia beamed as he sat at another table coloring a, um, pigture.
“They could be green,” Biros mused. “Maybe he rolled in the grass.”
While the first group of students at the coloring table stuck largely to piglet pink, Allison Desciak snubbed the stereotype and gave her swine the slate skin with black spot accents. After the image was almost entirely a study in shades of gray, she apparently decided it needed at least a little color, giving the tail a blaze of orange and the ears a deep blue.
Biros knew full well Monday was also “Read Across America” day and that many schools were doing the Dr. Seuss thing, but she stuck with what has been a tradition for well over a decade for her classes and commemorated National Pig Day (technically March 1, but that was Saturday). It's an opportunity to acknowledge all things good about an animal made famous — and lovable — in incarnations from Wilbur in “Charlotte's Web” to Arnold in “Green Acresz” and Babe, the movie critter famous for herding sheep and earning the praise “That'll do, pig, that'll do.”
“I used to try to do both” Read Across America and National Pig Day, Biros said, “but it was just too much.”
Marking the occasion helps students learn little know swine trivia such as: Pigs don't sweat, they roll in mud to cool off, learn their names when they are 8 weeks old and are not all pink.
Well, that last one probably didn't need much emphasis for this crowd.

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