Redoubt Principal goes into hibernation

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2005


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  Jessica Jackson and Morgan Krohn enjoy being principal for a day at Redoubt Elementary school

Jessica Jackson and Morgan Krohn enjoy being principal for a day at Redoubt Elementary school

Nine-year-old Morgan Krohn, a 4th grade student at Redoubt Elementary, and 5th grader ten-year-old Jessica Jackson found themselves in the principal’s office last week. The girls were not there because they were in trouble, but rather to take over Principal John Pothast’s job for a day. “The idea was that the student that sold the most dollar amount in our annual fundraiser would become principal for the day,” explained the former Redoubt principal. The money raised from the event went to support special activities at the school.

It wasn’t that it required two students to do Pothast’s job, but rather that Jessica and Morgan were so close in the final individual dollars raised, that they got to share the day as principal and assistant principal. “I like the job a lot,” said Principal Jessica, “We’ve already gotten Mr. Pothast to buy us stuff from Dairy Queen and the day has gone very well so far.” “It’s been really fun and I love being here at the school,” added Assistant Principal for a day Morgan.


Sheila Margaret Pothast gets a helping paw from Redoubt Principal.

One of the official orders of the day for Jackson and Krohn was to present Annette Hakkinen, district branch manager for the American Red Cross of Alaska with a check for $782.00 to aid in the hurricane Katrina relief effort. “We put a jug out in the office and kids, teachers and staff, would drop spare change, nickels, dimes and pennies in it. Maybe we expected to raise a couple hundred dollars, but we were very pleasantly surprised when we totaled it up,” said Pothast. The money will go to the Red Cross 80/20 fund according to Hakkinen, “Eighty percent of the money will go down to help the survivors of the hurricane and twenty percent will stay to help out people here locally, this is why I love my job and I want to thank these girls and all their classmates and everyone that contributed here at Redoubt, it’s a great testimony to our community,” said Hakkinen.


Redoubt students present a big check to American Red Cross.

There was another incentive for students at Redoubt to meet their school goal in their annual fundraising sale and that once again came to the Principal’s den. “The deal was that if we met our goal I would spend the day dressed as Build-A-Bear,” said Pothast. So last week at a school assembly, several K-3 students built Mr. Pothast as a friendly Hawaiian Bear complete with lays and fancy shorts. There were no reports of maulings during the day, just a lot of bear hugs from the principal who knows how to motivate his students whether wearing a suit and tie, or a hawaiian bear outfit; Principal John Pothast.

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