Wednesday, May 9, 2012
A Valley Center principal wore a dress to school, and didn't even shave his legs for the occasion.
It was a promise Mark Hoy, Principal Abilene Elementary, made to his students after they rose to the challenge.
Hoy challenged his students to read 11,000 books and pass the Accelerated Reader test by 80 percent. He said he decided on 11,000 because that is approximately how many books are in the school's library. Nearly 200 elementary students participated in the school's challenge.
The students also got to vote on what the principal had to do for accomplishing the challenge. The choices were getting slimed, kissing a pig or wearing a dress and getting his nails painted.
The students were successful at the 11,000 book challenge and won a sundae party for the entire school. The student who passed the 11,000th AR test painted Hoy's fingernails, while the student who passed the 11,001st test painted his toenails.
"I'd rather kiss a pig," Hoy said. "It's fun, I'd do anything for my kids. I love them to death. I am very proud of them."