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Students find another use for duct tape

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

The incredible duct tape man. Northview Principal Ken Wallace was duct taped to the gym wall Monday to help raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Have you ever wanted to take someone and just stick them on the wall? The Northview Sunshine Society thought there would be plenty of kids who would pay money to do that to their principal. And they were right.

Northview Principal Ken Wallace was taped to the gymnasium wall Monday to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life fund raiser.

"The Sunshine Society is a service organization," said Northview teacher, Mrs. Laura Boyce, who is the sponsor of the club.

Sunshine Society secretary, Tara Meadlo, and vice-president, Cecilia Latta, came up with the idea to tape the principal to the gym wall during home room period to raise money.

The group decided to charge $1 per foot of duct tape. The event raised more than $250 for the organization hoping to find a cure for cancer.

Mr. Wallace was asked why he volunteered for the taping.

"It's for a very good cause," he replied. "It creates a lot of school spirit and the kids can have a little fun. Next year, though, I think if we taped the dean of students, Jim Church, we'd make a lot more money."

As the first strip of tape was applied across Wallace's abdomen, Church said in jest to the principal, "I'd heard you were stuck up but didn't know that's what they meant."

School Board member, Terry Barr was enjoying the event.

"I've heard that sometimes it's wise to keep your back against the wall," she laughed.

The students were clearly enjoying the occasion. Sophomore Irlene Bayer grinned when asked why she paid to tape her principal to the wall.

"I wanted to see how long he'd stay," she grinned. "I thought it'd be funny to see if he'd still be hanging there in the morning."

Freshman Jessie Gieseking said, "I did it for the Relay for Life. But it was fun because it was the principal.

The fundraiser was successful and you can now add one more good use for duct tape.

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