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Photo Gallery: St. Sebastian School principal faces paint-covered sponges

| Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal
St. Sebastian School Principal Kathleen Roppa taunts students as they prepare to launch paint sponges at her Tuesday, May 14, 2013, as a reward for the student body meeting a reading goal. For each 100 minutes of reading in February, a link was added to a paper chain. The students had a month to make the chain go all the way through the school on both floors, the requirement to win the prize. The students read for 317,611 minutes.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal
St. Sebastian School eighth-grader James Jacobs, 14, of West View leaves a trail of orange paint behind while trying to hit Principal Kathleen Roppa with a paint sponge Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The principal agreed to allow students to throw paint-covered sponges at her if the student body met a reading goal. For each 100 minutes of reading in February, a link was added to a paper chain. The students had a month to make the chain go all the way through the school on both floors, the requirement to win the prize. The students read for 317,611 minutes.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal
St. Sebastian School kindergartner Declan Bartholomew, 6, of Pittsburgh prepares to launch a paint sponge at Principal Kathleen Roppa on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The principal agreed to allow students to throw paint-covered sponges at her if the student body met a reading goal. For each 100 minutes of reading in February, a link was added to a paper chain. The students had a month to make the chain go all the way through the school on both floors, the requirement to win the prize. The students read for 317,611 minutes.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal
St. Sebastian School kindergartner Jaime Felsing, 6, of Pittsburgh tries to wipe some paint from Principal Kathleen Roppa's goggles Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The principal agreed to allow students to throw paint-covered sponges at her if the student body met a reading goal. For each 100 minutes of reading in February, a link was added to a paper chain. The students had a month to make the chain go all the way through the school on both floors, the requirement to win the prize. The students read for 317,611 minutes.
Randy Jarosz |
St. Sebastian School second-grader Noah Moskala, 7, of Ross Township reacts after hitting Principal Kathleen Roppa with a paint sponge on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Roppa agreed to allow students to throw paint-covered sponges at her if the student body met a reading goal. For each 100 minutes of reading in February, a link was added to a paper chain. Tthe students had a month to make the chain go all the way through the school on both floors, the requirement to win the prize. The students read for 317,611 minutes.
Randy Jarosz | For the McKnight Journal
St. Sebastian School seventh-grader Lexi Grubbs, 13, of Pittsburgh (left) high-fives seventh-grader Alexis Moskala, 13, of Ross Township after hitting Principal Kathleen Roppa with a paint sponge Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The principal agreed to allow students to throw paint-covered sponges at her if the student body met a reading goal. For each 100 minutes of reading in February, a link was added to a paper chain. The students had a month to make the chain go all the way through the school on both floors, the requirement to win the prize. The students read for 317,611 minutes.

St. Sebastian School Principal Kathleen Roppa agreed to allow students to throw paint-covered sponges at her if the student body met a reading goal in February.

For each 100 minutes of reading, a link was added to a paper chain. The students at the school in Ross Township had a month to make the chain go all the way through the building on both floors, the requirement to win the prize. The students read for 317,611 minutes.

On May 14, the principal held up her part of the bargain. She donned protective gear and allowed the paint sponges to fly.

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