Fourth-grader Morgan Krohn and fifth-grader Jessica Jackson monitor a fire drill at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna Oct. 13. Krohn and Jackson were serving as principals for the day as a reward for their efforts in the school's annual fund-raiser.
Photo by Will Morrow
Let's say you're in fourth or fifth grade, and you're in charge for the day: All-day recess, right?
"That's the one thing that they really wanted to do, but they were too busy to call recess all day," said Redoubt Elementary School principal John Pothast of students Morgan Krohn and Jessica Jackson, who got to be principals for the day on Oct. 13.
Indeed, Krohn, a fourth-grader, and Jackson, a fifth-grader, spent their day in charge meeting with Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent Donna Peterson to discuss a principal's role, as well as with Soldotna police and Central Emergency Services fire personnel to discuss various safety issues.
"We were really nervous because we had all these meetings," Jackson said.
The two girls did get to enjoy some of the perks of the job as well whistles, walkie-talkies and bright orange vests for recess, and a business lunch (at Dairy Queen) to boot.
"They conducted themselves very well. They represented themselves and our school very well," Pothast said.
Krohn and Jackson earned the one-day administrative assignment through their efforts in the school's annual QSP fund-raiser.
Pothast said he had spoken with a representative from the company prior to the fund-raiser and had brainstormed some sales incentives.
In addition to letting the school's top seller be in charge for the day, if the school met its goal of $27,000, Pothast would become a human Build-A-Bear at a school assembly. Pothast got furry last week.
Krohn's and Jackson's totals were nearly even and far ahead of their classmates, so Pothast opted to reward both of them.
Neither Krohn nor Jackson figured they'd get to be principal for a day, and while meetings kept them occupied, they both said the job wasn't quite as demanding as a regular day in class.
"It's not very busy for us," Krohn said.
"We normally have lots of work," added Jackson.
"It's been a busy day for me, a lot of run, run, run," Pothast said.
Both Jackson and Krohn said they enjoyed the experience.
"We want to ask Mr. Pothast if we can do it again tomorrow," Krohn said.
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