Principal takes the plunge to improve technology
PENNSBURv – What can $26,500 buy these days? For the students at Afton Elementary School, it’s enough to purchase the “Principal Polar Plunge.”
The school held a fundraiser to improve its technology. As with many of these moneyraising campaigns, there were prizes offered. The size of the prizes depended upon how much money was raised. Despite other enticements such as an extra recess and chauffeured limo ride to a restaurant for lunch with the principal and a couple teachers, the prize on which the kids kept their eyes was dunking Principal Joseph Masgai in a dunk tank,
“It was cold -- very, very cold -- on a November day,” Masgai said after getting dunked so many times he “lost count.” Wearing a scuba diving suit, Masgai didn’t get totally drenched, but his hair was dripping wet. No matter. Masgai was glad to contribute to the cause. “It was worth it to see the students’ excitement and to hear their cheers of joy,” the principal said. “I was happy to do it for them.” The Afton kids – more than 500 of them -were energized as they laughed and cheered with every dunk Nov. 9. They earned the entertainment after raising $26,500. Charcoal Steaks N’ Things donated the lunch and Frank Vesci donated the limo service.
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Afton Elementary School Principal Joseph Masgai waits for another dunking at the culmination of the school’s fundraising activity.