Wrightsville Elementary principal gets silly to show kids ‘human’ side

Wrightsville Elementary School principal, Don Gillett, left, has promised to sleep on the roof of the school if kids hit a certain milestone in Boomer’s Book Club. (Photo by Paul Kuehnel)

Today’s newspaper has a story about the York Revolution kicking off “Boomer’s Book Club” at Wrightsville Elementary.

Principal Don Gillett has promised that if his students read 2,000 books before the season opener, he’ll sleep on the school roof. If the Revs win the opener, he’ll keep sleeping there until the Revs lose.

I called Gillett on Friday to get more details about Monday’s assembly, and I learned that this isn’t the first time he’s done something a little silly to get the kids excited.

He’s had his head shaved.

He’s had kids throw 1,000 pies in his face.

And he gets his nails painted by students every Friday.

Is that a reward for something? I asked.

Nope. It started as a sort of math lesson (kids would paint them different colors, and then he’d ask others to determine if there was a pattern.) Now, kids can just sign up. He’s booked through May.

He’s dressed as a gorilla, Elmo and the mayor of Munchkinland.

So why do all this silly stuff?

“They get to know who you are,” Gillett said. “It makes the kids realize that we’re human.”

We occasionally hear about principals or teachers doing crazy things to get kids motivated. What silly things have you seen educators do?

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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