Principals for a day

HANCOCK – Rylie Erickson and Jaron Hembroff were helping some kindergartners open their milk cartons during lunch Friday, and some of them opened easier than others.

Rylie and Jaron were helping out as part of their duties as principal for a day at Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School.

Other duties included making daily announcements over the school’s public address system and handing out prizes to students who had been awarded tickets for doing good deeds.

They each became principal for a day by selling the most items during a fundraiser for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.

Jaron, who is in fifth grade, was principal for a day – a half day actually – on Nov. 15.

“That was fun,” he said.

Jaron said he sold his PTO fundraising items, which include candy, Christmas ornaments and gift wrap, to family and friends.

“I sold 33 items,” he said.

Rylie, who is in second grade, said she sold her items to people in an apartment building near where she lives, as well as to her family and friends.

Howard Parmentier, Barkell principal, said the idea for principal for a day came from a fundraising organization called Believe.

This was the first time for the fundraising event, Parmentier said, and it went over well with the children.

“They enjoyed it,” he said.

Parmentier said the PTO is giving the money raised by the fifth grade students back to them for their class trip to Mackinac Island in early June.

This was the first time for the principal for a day reward, and students are asking him to repeat next year during the PTO fundraiser.