Maria Kacik | The Gazette
BRUNSWICK â€” He didnâ€™t have a desk or a computer. And he didnâ€™t have an office or a classroom. Instead, Kidder Elementary Principal Mark Mabry spent Thursday on the schoolâ€™s roof and he got into a little mischief while attempting to pass the time.
The principal tossed water balloons at students. He assailed them with squirt guns. And he hooked a fishing rod with messages for students and dangled them in front of classroom windows while teachers lectured.
â€œSometimes you just have to have some fun,â€ Mabry said.
He was up there after losing a bet with the students. He told them that if they earned 8,500 Accelerated Reader points â€” which are given to students based on the challenge level and number of books they read â€” he would spend a full day on the roof.
â€œI thought, OK, well they wonâ€™t get there,â€ Mabry said.
But they met the goal by April and achieved a total of 11,383 reader points for the school year.
â€œWeâ€™re very proud of the kids. Theyâ€™ve worked very hard,â€ said Lisa Wagoner, the schoolâ€™s librarian. She said students spent much of the year learning about NASA and space travel, since 2008 was the 50th anniversary of Kidder and NASA.
â€œBecause we couldnâ€™t afford to shoot (Mabry) to the moon on a rocket, this was the closest we could get him to space â€” on the roof,â€ Wagoner said.
Fifteen of the schoolâ€™s students were treated to a special luncheon on the schoolâ€™s lawn, where they could watch Mabry idle the day away on the roof. Those kids were the ones who read the most.
â€œI owe it all to Harry Potter,â€ said Elizabeth Gallegeher, a fourth-grader.
Another fourth-grader, Jonas Biskach, chimed in: â€œI read the whole series this year.â€
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