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West Hills students rewarded for fundraising effort

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 9:40 p.m.

The deafening sound of students chanting in unison reverberated through the gymnasium at West Hills Primary in East Franklin on Friday.

“More duct tape. More duct tape. More duct tape.”

Rows upon rows of seated students from kindergarten through third grade cheered as classmates lined up with strips of duct tape to stick their principal, Paula Berry, to the gym wall.

Making the principal look and probably feel silly was one of their rewards for raising $11,000 during mid-February for the American Heart Association.

Students raised the money through pledges during a weeklong jump rope event, said Devin Lorigan, health and wellness coordinator for Armstrong School District and the school's physical education teacher.

“They far exceeded their goal,” she said.

Minutes after Berry was released from her sticky situation, more students lined up to snip off pieces of their guidance counselor's beard — another reward for a job well done.

After five months of beard growth fell in clumps to the floor, guidance counselor David Zablocki smiled and rubbed the remaining stubble on his chin.

“They did a pretty good job, didn't they?” he said.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.



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