Belle Vernon Area principals spend six hours taped to wall

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Being associated with outstanding school spirit will probably “stick” with Belle Vernon Area High School principals Jason Boone and John Grice throughout their administrative careers.

As the focus of a “Plaster the Principals” fundraiser held Monday at the high school, the two administrators were duct-taped in place for six hours by students happy to buy $1 strips of tape used to create their cocoon-like prisons.

“Mr. Boone and Grice were great participants,” said Christin Maatta, a district teacher who coordinated the event. “Approximately $700 was raised for student council and senior class projects.”

According to Ms. Maatta, the event also included a raffle for a teacher to serve as Principal for a Day. Instructor Robb Jenkins was the winner. Jason Capco won the raffle for a student to be Principal for the Day.

“Before being taped, the principals were paraded through the cafeteria as the pep band played an original composition by senior Gerland Hinerman,” said Ms. Maatta.

“Because of outstanding school spirit of Mr. Boone and Mr. Grice, everyone had a wonderful time.”

But how did the principals feel about their experience?

“It sure was a lot of fun,” said Mr. Boone, who serves as 10th- through 12th-grade principal. “But I can tell you I’m pretty tired now.”

Principal Grice, who supervises the district’s freshman and E-academy, shared that he will need to visit Google to find sufficient words to describe the experience.

“I know if I ever do this again, I'm going to have a towel behind my knees,” Mr. Grice said. “Legs aren’t meant to stay in that position so long.”

“But other than that, I’d give it another try,” he said. “I’ll just make sure to learn the rules and adhere to them.”

Andrew Leheny, freelance writer:

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