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The tale of the tape

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Students stick three faculty members to the wall in fund-raiser

By Ramsey Scott

The third-graders at Powderhorn Elementary School gave their faculty members a lesson last week in the many uses of duct tape.

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Such as imprisonment and mummification, to name just two.

Students lined up after lunch on Jan. 24 to take a turn duct-taping principal Jennifer Carroll, vice principal Zak Martin and third-grade teacher Megan Reyes to the cafeteria wall. 

By the end of lunch, all three were multicolored mummies, covered head to toe in duct tape. Martin had even lost a few facial hairs to the sticky answer to all sorts of home-repair challenges.

“I really wanted to see the three teachers get duct-taped to the walls,” said 9-year-old Aaron Robles, who pointed out to his friends several spots on the three that weren’t obscured by tape. “I was really excited to see this.”

The three faculty members were on the receiving end of the duct-tape treatment as part of a fund-raising effort to help provide additional teacher aides for the school. 

“This is fun,” said 10-year-old Saige Curro. “It’s school, it’s lunch, and our principal is getting duct-taped to the wall.”

The three had volunteered to be taped to the cafeteria wall by the grade that raised the most money. 

Well, maybe “volunteered” is a strong word. 

Carroll and Martin found out about their involvement when the contest was revealed during morning announcements. It turned out the two had been volunteered by the school’s financial secretary, Candy Logue.

“I was a little surprised. I think it’s great. (Candy) did a fantastic job, because the kids got super excited about it,” Carroll said. “I think things like this just make memories for kids.”

Despite initially not knowing they would be victims of a sticky student rebellion, Carroll and Martin didn’t hesitate. Reyes said she’d join them if her class raised the most of any third-grade class, which they did in spectacular fashion. 

“This is just how it goes — whatever it takes,” Martin said. “You just know in this job that whatever it takes to get them energized and excited, you go with it.”

The duct-tape fund-raiser brought in $3,500 of the $25,000 Powderhorn needs to keep the extra teacher aides, Logue said.

The school opted to raise the money through a direct-donation campaign, as opposed to working with a fund-raising company this year. While progress has been slow so far, Logue said, having the kids sell cookie dough and wrapping paper was bringing in less and less money with more and more work. 

Carroll, who took over this year as principal at Powderhorn, located on West Coal Mine Avenue, said she’s confident the school will be able to raise the money by year’s end. 

“It was evident when I came here for the first time the love all the families have for this school,” Carroll said. “We couldn’t do what we do without our community.”

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check back at www.columbinecourier.com for updates.