BELOIT - The weather might still be warm, but it's not too early to start thinking about pie.
Rock County Christian School (RCCS) will hold its annual "Pie Day" fundraiser during which school staff, students, and families prepare and distribute 2,000 ready-to-bake apple pies on Friday, Oct. 25. Sales began on Sept. 16 and run through Oct. 14.
"They are the most wonderful pies you have ever tasted in your life," said new Head of School Ron Gruber. "Life-changing is the best way to describe it."
This is the 11th year for the pie sale, and newbie Gruber is learning all about it.
"It's a well-oiled machine I am told. To assemble 2,000 pies in one day, you would have to be," Gruber said.
To order pies, people can visit a link on the school website at http://rccs.us/ or purchase from students at the Beloit or Janesville campus. Pies cost $12.50.
The goal is to raise $25,000 which will be used for general school needs including technology.
All the students in the Beloit campus help with curbside delivery for those who order in advance.
"It becomes a fun day. The school mascot, Eddy the Eagle, also makes an appearance," Gruber said.
Curbside pickup will be from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. People also can pick the pies up any other time during school hours.
Gruber said the pies are made with 3,000 pounds of Jonathon apples obtained through Old Fashioned Bakery. He said he couldn't give away the secret recipe.
After pies are assembled on Oct. 25, they are immediately refrigerated in a semi trailer. The school also keeps them frozen in three freezers at an offsite location.
Proceeds go for school needs including technology.
The school year is off to a great start at RCCS. This fall, students are able to take classes at the new William S. Knight Foundation Entrepreneurship Center across the street at 417 Harrison St. The school's Knight Foundation grant was renewed and the school will receive $65,000 for the year.