In the air on a dare

Published 8:42 am Saturday, May 30, 2009

“Are you having fun up there,” shouted 8-year-old Michael Holland as he stared 95 feet into the sky and waved furiously at his school principal. “I think this is awesome.”

Carrsville Elementary School Principal Jackie Carr took to the skies Friday on a dare. Carr had urged her students to raise $3,000 selling pizza kits to support the school’s Field Day.

“She said we couldn’t do it,” said third-grader Skylar Princiotta.

The kids earned more than $4,100 and the right to banish Carr to the bucket of a fire truck for two hours.

“She’s probably on her laptop playing solitaire,” joked Tisha Copeland, 9.

It’s true. Carr did take her laptop up with her.

“I checked e-mails and worked on reports,” Carr said once she was safely on the ground.

Carr said the two hours was fairly comfortable, despite the day’s heat.

“I had a nice breeze,” she said, adding that she had a shield from the direct sunlight. “It’s a good thing I had my umbrella.”

The kids also were treated to a picnic lunch, partly to celebrate their sales accomplishment and partly to celebrate the end of this year’s Standards of Learning testing.

“I was really proud of them,” Carr said about the sales. “They worked hard, and I wanted to be a good sport and reward them for it.”