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NPE Principal Spends Day on School Roof

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 -

On a not so sunny day at the end of May, Nate Perry Elementary PrincipalNPE Principal Dana Ziegler recently spent the day on the school's roof. Dana Ziegler greeted her students with a few cheerful “good mornings” as they prepared for the day ahead.

The students, however, couldn’t say “good morning” back without looking up… way up… as Ziegler was spending the day on the school’s roof.

Each March, NPE students participate in a school-wide read-a-thon. Kindergarten through sixth-grade students are presented with a goal – read a total of 100,000 minutes during the month while also raising money for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.

Weekly prizes were awarded to classes that read the most minutes, but some students felt there needed to be a grand prize for the whole school if they surpassed that goal. NPE third-graders had read a book where the school’s principal slept on the building’s roof, and an idea formed.

The third-graders approached Ziegler and asked if she would be willing to do the same. After a bit of compromise, NPE’s principal agreed to spend a full day working on the school’s roof. At scheduled times throughout the school day she read books to NPE students while they watched via Twitter and Facebook livestreams in their classrooms.

“It was so worth all of the excitement,” Ziegler said.

In all, NPE students read approximately 180,000 minutes during the month of March.

Watch one of the livestreams below...


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