Meyersville principal sits on roof to reward students for reading
MEYERSVILLE - Meyersville School Principal Tina Herrington tried her best to be productive April 4, sending emails and arranging schedules. The challenge was that she had to do it from the roof of her school.
Armed with a megaphone, walkie-talkie, Kindle, iPhone and a sun-blocking hat, Herrington perched in her red lawn chair high above her passing students. It was their reward for surpassing the goal of a reading challenge she issued at the beginning of March.
"I was trying to come up with something that would be motivational to our students to get them to read," she said.
At the end of February, the school had 1,342 Accelerated Reading points for the year. The points are earned in the national program when students read an approved book and then complete an online comprehension test.
Herrington challenged her 119 students, ranging from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, to reach 2,000 points by the end of March in what she dubbed a "March Reading Madness Incentive." If they reached the goal, she promised to sit on the roof of the school for an entire day.
"Kids were walking up and down the sidewalk saying 'I'm reading a book; you're gonna be on the roof, Mrs. Herrington,'" she said.
By March 21, Herrington was roof-bound.
With 10 days left, she upped the stakes and challenged students to earn another 500 points to put another teacher on the roof with her.
She was joined by the student-chosen physical education and pre-kindergarten teacher Laura Patek in the morning and custodian Gilbert Ramirez in the afternoon.
Using a megaphone, Herrington called down to her students, asking how their day was going or what books they had read in the challenge as they walked from class to class during the day.
Eighth-grade student Rylan Dreier, 14, earned about 150 points in March by reading "The Hunger Games," "Divergent" and the "Seekers" series.
"I think it's cool that she always sets incentives for us," he said.
In February, Herrington got two pies in the face by the largest fundraisers in the Hoops for Heart campaign, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
"I think it's really funny," Rylan said of seeing his principal on the roof. "I hope it rains."