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Perry Hill students learning about charity, principal's job

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:33 am

Two Perry Hill Elementary fourth-graders, Lauren Sharp, wearing a blue print top and pink-and-black shoes in the group on the left, and next to her in the coral-colored sweater, Georgia Zannis, really wanted to help others in need. They organized a collection of non-perishable food items and donated them to Community Harvest Food Bank. They teamed up with Mrs. Knott's fifth grade reading class to get the canned food drive off the ground. Mrs. Knott's students had just read about helping others in their reading curriculum. The group made daily announcements and set up a contest between the grade levels to see which could bring in the most items. The food collection March 17-20 used the themed days of Marvelous Macaroni Monday, Tiny Tots Tuesday, Wishy Washy Wednesday, and Tin Can Thursday to remind students to bring items to help out others who are less fortunate. Altogether, the students collected 2,919 items. Although the fifth graders won the contest by collecting 758 items, all students were declared winners as they helped out others who are less fortunate. The fifth grade class chose to have popcorn while they read this week as their prize.

Meanwhile, Colten Hungerford, a second-grader, recently had a chance to be "Principal for a Day." Hungerford reported to the office Thursday and found a staff ID badge waiting for him. His first job was to greet the student body as he made the morning announcements. During the day he announced a tornado drill, answered the door buzzer, signed tardy students into school, hired a substitute teacher for the afternoon, visited classrooms, supervised the lunchroom, and assisted with a student assembly.

Colten decided that being a principal was a very busy job, but not as hard as he thought it would be. He earned the right to be principal for a day in a raffle at the school carnival.

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