Were Santa Claus and two helpers about seven months early? No. It was just three soon-to-be asleep faculty members of Indian Springs Elementary, preparing to get some shut-eye on the roof of the school east of Kingsport.
At 8 p.m. last Wednesday, librarian Tim Dale, physical education teacher Brian Winchell and interim Principal Aaron Flanary climbed atop the roof of the school and stayed there until 8 a.m. Thursday.
The faculty made a bet with the students that the students couldn’t raise at least $3,000 in the school’s walkathon fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Organization. However, the students surpassed that goal, raising almost $4,000 that will go to PTO projects.
As punishment for losing the bet for the adults and a reward for the students, the three climbed up a ladder for a 12-hour stay. They had lawn recliners and a shelter of sorts with a fabric roof but no walls. Several students and parents came to see the faculty members get set up on the roof. According to inside sources at the school, folks showed up until about 10:30 p.m., and the next morning about “five or six” people brought breakfast for the three.
However, the walkathon wasn’t the only fundraising at the school for 2017-18. A fifth grade class in the fall began with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Charity: Water program they read about through Scholastic Storybooks magazine, and by the school year’s end, the student body had raised about $8,000 toward the goal, which is the approximate cost of a clean well for a village in Africa.