MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - The job description for an elementary school principal is wide ranging and varied, but rarely do the words "roof camper" appear.
Well, a school leader in the east metro decided to expand his duties to sleeping on the the roof to make life better for his students.
On Saturday families of the Gethsemane School participated in the state-wide Non-Public School Fundraiser. Principal Aly Xiong threw out a goal of $20,000 to buy iPads for his students.
"The incredible thing is that we never thought we'd make the goal of $20,000 as we are a small school that only raised $8,000 last year in the same fundraiser," said parent Kristy Gusick. "However, Principal Xiong did two things. First, he threw out the goal of $20k saying he'd spend the night on our school roof if we made that goal and secondly, he inspired us all to get on board with that vision... and we did!"
The school community has now raised $25,000 and Principal Xiong is spending the night on the roof of the school this week. He is encouraging students, staff, parents, and friends of the school to visit him and bring a can or dry food item for a local food shelf.
"I am not an outdoor person and do not fish or hunt, but am excited about sleeping on the school's roof for student learning," said Principal Xiong. "We want to place an iPad in every student's hand and will continue to raise money to do so. We need and are looking to partner with businesses to match what the students have raised so far," said Principal Xiong.
Gethsemane School is a pre-K-8 Christian school in Maplewood, Minnesota.
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