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Postby knapplc » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:52 am

Now this is a cool principal. The principals at my schools were overbearing prigs. Couldn't stand most of them.

NEW YORK - The next time Scott Davies makes a motivational deal with his pupils, he might want to do it in springtime.

The principal spent a frigid night on the roof of Harrington Park School in Harrington Park, N.J., after students met his challenge to read 10,000 books months before he expected them to. The school has about 700 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Davies had agreed to let them choose their reward, and they decided to shave the school's "HP" logo in his hair and send him on a rooftop camping excursion.

Davies, 40, headed up after school ended Thursday with a tent and a sleeping bag.

"I knew it would be cold. But I didn't know it would be that cold," he said.

Temperatures plunged into the 20s Thursday night and Friday morning, but Davies — somewhat steeled by several years of living in Montana — said he managed to get a few hours of sleep.

Pupils and their families bestowed him with hot chocolate and other goodies, stopping by into the night and early morning.

"I felt so bad. I was out there this morning with, like, tons of jackets on, and he was up there with a tent," said Mary Wyley, a sixth grader.

As he thawed out, Davies said the chill was worth it.

"If it encourages them to read, then I would do it all again," he said. "Just not tonight."
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Postby Flux » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:56 am

I wonder if he went through with shaving the logo in his head ;-7

Pretty neat though
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Postby Metroid » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:03 am

Yeah thats a cool principal, good for him. Im with knapp too all my principals though the years were a bunch of douches except one my high school principal Mr. Toledo that dood was cool and HUGE there was a rumor at school that he played pro football at one time. :-?
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Postby Karoz » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:06 am

That's a good tactic to motivate children to read. "If you read 10,000 books, you will be given the opportunity to torture your principal in just about any way you choose."

Personally, I would have read thousands of books on my own, just to have that opportunity. Kudos to the principal for actually going through with the whole ordeal.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:20 am

I saw this story and thought about posting it. Then got busy. ;-D
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Postby Metroid » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:25 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:I saw this story and thought about posting it. Then got busy. ;-D


Yeah I cant wait till my old lady gets here for her Christmas break so I can "get busy" too. O:-)
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Postby dream_017 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:09 am

These are always good stories to hear how our educators are motivating kids to do great things. On that not this type of thing has been done before so he is not the first to think of it, but I commend him for using it ;-D

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I knew I had heard of this before and I think even a teacher in my area did this.
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Re: Principal Loses Bet - Spends Night on Roof

Postby stomperrob » Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:31 pm

knapplc wrote:Now this is a cool principal. The principals at my schools were overbearing prigs. Couldn't stand most of them.

NEW YORK - The next time Scott Davies makes a motivational deal with his pupils, he might want to do it in springtime.

The principal spent a frigid night on the roof of Harrington Park School in Harrington Park, N.J., after students met his challenge to read 10,000 books months before he expected them to. The school has about 700 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Davies had agreed to let them choose their reward, and they decided to shave the school's "HP" logo in his hair and send him on a rooftop camping excursion.

Davies, 40, headed up after school ended Thursday with a tent and a sleeping bag.

"I knew it would be cold. But I didn't know it would be that cold," he said.

Temperatures plunged into the 20s Thursday night and Friday morning, but Davies — somewhat steeled by several years of living in Montana — said he managed to get a few hours of sleep.

Pupils and their families bestowed him with hot chocolate and other goodies, stopping by into the night and early morning.

"I felt so bad. I was out there this morning with, like, tons of jackets on, and he was up there with a tent," said Mary Wyley, a sixth grader.

As he thawed out, Davies said the chill was worth it.

"If it encourages them to read, then I would do it all again," he said. "Just not tonight."


The principal at my son's school did that a couple years ago - we live in a small town though and we do crazy things like that!!! ;-D
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