PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Pushing our youth to excellence. That is the message a Pike County principal wanted to send his students. Robert Jones cut a deal with sixth graders. Meet a goal, and I will go beyond being an educator.
Last year he danced in the cafeteria. This year, Principal Jones says he had to top that...so he slept on the roof of Pikeville Elementary.
Tuesday afternoon Jones got settled on the roof. On Wednesday morning, still on the roof, Principal Jones greeted his students from on top of their school
Sixth grader, Madison Jones says, "I couldn't believe he was up there still, I thought he would come back down or something."
It is all because of a deal made with the more than 90 sixth graders, challenging them to read 1,200 books as a class and pass tests on them for the Accelerated Reader program.
The 6th grader says, "He didn't think we would, but we were really close. The last time he came and checked he didn't think we would do it, but we did, so he deserves it."
Getting maybe a couple hours of sleep, Principal Jones says his night on the roof was well worth it.
"Studies have shown that reading is the most beneficial thing you can do in education ... for our children to see how important it is to read," explains Jones.
Teachers say the challenge not only motivates the sixth graders to read but also the younger students as they wonder, what will their principal do next year??
While spending the night on the roof provided some much deserved fun at Pikeville Elementary, Jones says he also hopes it sends a message to all of his students that they will keep with them for many years.
"Well i hope that they don't remember that he is crazy....I hope they remember that he cares about them and wants them to succeed in everything that they do," says Jones.
Students say this is something they will remember and will motivate them to always strive for the top.
"Anything you put your mind to, you can do it," says one student.