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Principal makes good on pledge, spends night on school roof

Students' fundraising effort leaves principal high, not so dry

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 3, 2013 3:53 p.m. CDT
David L. Rahn Junior High Principal Kip Crandall waves from the roof of the Mount Morris school. Crandall agreed to spend the night in a tent on the roof if his eighth-graders raised enough money to cut the cost of a field trip to Six Flags in Gurnee down to $15 a student.

MOUNT MORRIS – Kip Crandall had plans for the evening: Dinner, a good book, and maybe some video games before curling up for the night – on the roof of David L. Rahn Junior High.

The 46-year-old principal was making good on a pledge to spend Thursday night on his school building’s roof after students raised $2,700 to help the eighth-grade class spend today at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

“A lot of the kids asked me today what I was going to do. I told them I had a book and might play some games on my phone.

“There’s really not a lot I can do,” he said, smiling.

Crandall agreed to spend the night on the roof as a way to motivate the eighth-graders to raise funds for a physics field trip to Six Flags.

It was school secretary Betty O’Brien’s idea.

Students raised money for the field trip through various fundraising efforts and donations. “The kids will pay $15. We have 114 kids out of 127 going on the trip,” Crandall said.

He planned to exit the roof to join the students when they leave for Six Flags at 8 this morning.

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