Sticky Situation for May Watts

To children in elementary school, fundraising is not an exciting subject. But students at May Watts perked up when administrators announced that if they sold seven or more items in a fundraiser for the school, they would get the chance to duct tape their principal, Michael Raczak, to a gym wall.

“I can’t believe he let us duct tape him to the wall,” said 4th grader Emaline Kerwin. “This is really fun.”
The students sold various types of gift items, such as wrapping paper, and the money raised goes back into the school.

Steve Wise is part of Great American Opportunities, the organization that helped plan the event, and says that rewards like this help entice the students.

“It’s a fun thing to do for the students to participate in the fundraiser – they really help out their school,” said Wise. “They love someone being the underdog here. [Principal Raczak] is a good sport and it really helps.”

“It must have been incentive for them to tape me to a wall,” said Principal Raczak.

The students’ goal was to have Principal Raczak stay on the wall once a stool supporting his weight was removed from under him. It took over 60 students, eight rolls of duct tape and around 45 minutes to get Principal Raczak on the wall, but it took far less for him to fall.

“I was hoping I was going to stay up,” said Principal Raczak. “But with the humidity today, once they started going, I didn’t think there was a prayer.”

Even though they ultimately lost their battle against gravity, students still had a lot of fun in the process.

“This is really fun and I think a lot of principals should do this,” said Kerwin.

With the fundraiser’s success, Principal Raczak says it’s very likely that similar incentives will be in place for next year’s fundraiser as well.

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