Exactly how far would you go to encourage kids to read? One elementary school principal in Kansas took the challenge to new heights -- literally.
KWCH reports Principal Stan Ruff saw that the students of Skelly Elementary were slowing down on their year-end reading challenge. So he proposed an idea to raise the stakes.
"We were going to try to motivate the kids," he told KWCH. So I told the kids if they reached the goal of 30,000 books for the year, that I would sleep on the roof one night."
The kids upped the ante and actually read 32,000 -- and since they held up their end of the bargain, principal Ruff had to do the same.
Surprisingly, this kind of "roof-sleeping" deal isn't new. WTXF reports five middle school teachers in New Jersey spent a cold December night on their school roof after 1,500 toys were collected for Toys for Tots.
And the Observer-Reporter says a high school teacher in Pennsylvania took a charity fundraiser to another level after the students raised $5,700 for underprivileged children.