Pleasant Grove Elementary Principal Roosevelt Perkins promised the students that if they met their goals for the year, he would spend the night on the school's roof
...Pleasant Grove Elementary Principal Roosevelt Perkins promised the students that if they met their goals for the year, he would spend the night on the school's roof
> > > No, Principal Roosevelt Perkins has not lost his mind, he's just fulfilling a pledge to spend one hot night sleeping on a small concrete pad on top of Pleasant Grove Elementary School.He
bed, or rather sleeping bag, back in the fall when he
told the kids he
would spend the night on the roof if 85 percent of them met their reading goals for the year.
"I was trying to think of something that would be original, that would be a little bit weird and that would inspire them," said Perkins
, well-protected by a sun hat and shades Wednesday afternoon."It about beats all." Perkins
all about rewarding students for hard work because "it lets kids know you care.
is going to sleep up there no matter what I have to do!'" Yates said, laughing."He
challenged the children and the children rose to the occasion and met their goal."Perkins
made sure to climb the ladder to his
sleeping quarters Wednesday afternoon so that the kids could see him up there during field day.He
said it was surprisingly easy to get work done, since he
was confined to a 16 x 20-foot space with a walkie-talkie, a cell phone and a bucket and rope to bring up paperwork as needed.
The experienced camper said he
was "not roughing it by any means."He
tent beside a folding table and made sure to bring a couple of magazines, an ice box with food, a radio and a portable TV.
The local fire department and the Alamance County Sheriff's Department
promised to send someone to check on him from time to time.
As the school day wrapped up Wednesday, Perkins
pulled out his
bull horn and congratulated the hundreds of students playing on the lawn below.
"I know you're wondering whether I'll be up here all night," he
said."Yes, I'll be up here all night like I promised."
An emotional Perkins then told the kids he
would be retiring at the end of the school year."It doesn't matter who the principal is, I know you'll continue to be successful; I know you'll continue to be a good school," he
A teacher asked the kids to give a big cheer for "the best principal in this county" and encouraged them to drive by with their parents Wednesday night to honk their horns.Perkins
will come down this morning for the last full day of school.Classes end around lunchtime on Friday.Perkins
been in education for 33 years, 22 of those teaching English at Eastern Alamance High School
.Before coming to Pleasant Grove Elementary, he spent time as an assistant principal at Southern Middle School and Williams High School and as a principal at Cummings High School.
"It's been a good, good two years," Perkins
said of his
time at Pleasant Grove Elementary.
said as he
descended the ladder.