Huffman’s principal spends night on rooftop after losing bet to students – Houston Chronicle | Dauktion

Principals and teachers will do just about anything to motivate their students. That’s what Huffman Elementary School principal Angie LeVier had in mind when she challenged her students to beat last year’s $30,000 PTO fundraiser. If they won the bet, she would have to spend the night on the school roof. They did and so did she.

“Last year the kids surpassed their goal of $25,000 and raised just over $30,000. I thought the bet was safe,” she laughed.

The fifth-year Huffman ISD employee never thought students would break the $30,000 goal this year, but they did.

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The former teacher-turned-assistant principal and now principal for a year and a half found herself on the short end of the stick last year and ended up kissing a pig.

“We promised the kids that my assistant principal and I would kiss a pig,” she said, “if they hit the target.” They taped themselves kissing farm animals, yes, including a pig with a wet snout.

“We usually do some kind of fun incentive to entice them to raise as much money as possible,” she said.

This year’s fundraiser was a Grand Adventure Boosterthon and their staff thought it would be cool if the director spent the night on the roof of the building.

“It wasn’t my idea because I’m afraid of heights,” she laughed.

She thought the finish would be a tough challenge.

The fundraiser is a glow-in-the-dark amusement ride. Students are asking for donations per lap they run on the school track, asking for $1 per lap.

This year’s fundraiser took place on September 20th and the students again exceeded their goal.

The next step for the principal was to enlist the help of some of the school’s caretakers, who showed her how to get onto the roof.

“I drove up to campus and saw a ladder leaning against the building,” Superintendent Benny Soileau said, “with a maintenance guy standing on the roof and Angie on the floor next to the ladder.”

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Soileau said they gave him an embarrassed grin.

“They looked like they’d been caught,” he laughed.

He was there for an unscheduled visit when he saw the capers.

Soileau discovered that they taught her how to climb up and down the ladder.

“I had asked my front office ladies for help because I really needed moral support,” she said.

They followed her up the ladder and helped her set up a tent to get ready.

“It took me about 15-20 minutes to get down, I was so scared,” she giggled.

She made her last climb around lunchtime and sat in her deck chair to do a little work until school was over. She could wave and laugh at the children.

With her on the roof were some blankets, two pillows, a lantern, a flashlight and some snacks.

She took some photos and posted them for the kids to see her perspective on the roof and the view down.

“Some of my teachers offered me something to eat at Door Dash, but I was fine,” she said.

The next morning she appeared on the roof in her pajamas. She took a video and posted it to remind the kids to come over and see her on the roof.

“It was really nice to see all the kids coming to school and they were excited,” she said. “They shouted, waved and said ‘Good morning.’ How did you sleep?’ I even had a student throw me a bag of donut holes for breakfast. It was adorable.”

Her husband Nicholas thought she was crazy because he knew how afraid of heights she was, but he wished her the best.

“I think he was just glad I didn’t kiss pigs again,” she laughed. “I hope the kids will always remember it.”

Funds go directly to the parent-teacher organization on campus.

“It pays off for field trips for all the students, our Christmas business, and they’re also very generous in improving the school,” she said. One of the projects was a glass walkway connecting the two buildings and the Falcon graphics on the windows.

“They bought playground equipment and various other things that directly affect the students,” she said.

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Now LeVier and her students ponder what to do next.

“I promise you I won’t be on the roof again,” she said.

She will accept ideas from the students as to what she thinks she should do next year, within reason.

“If that doesn’t prove I love you, then I don’t know what will,” she told the students.

They were curious and asked how she slept.

“I slept like a baby,” she told them.

Luckily for the headmistress, the weather cooperated and she didn’t say how many trips to the bathroom she had to make that night. There were no wild animal sounds, although she was concerned that a possum or raccoon might be visiting.

When it was time to head back downstairs, she reminded the maintenance workers not to forget her.

“I told them I wasn’t coming down alone,” she giggled.

Her superintendent had nothing but awards for the headmaster.

“She is so dedicated to the staff and the students. She’s ready to do whatever it takes,” he said.

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