Principal duct taped to wall after fundraising challenge met

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 18, 2019

 Lobbestael Elementary School Principal Beverly Polega is duct taped  to a wall Oct. 9. Students were rewarded for achieving a  fundraising goal by taping Polega to the wall.

Lobbestael Elementary School Principal Beverly Polega is duct taped to a wall Oct. 9. Students were rewarded for achieving a fundraising goal by taping Polega to the wall.

Photo provided by Erica Braun

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The chance for students to tape their principal to the wall was enough incentive to raise around $8,400 through a fundraising challenge set up by their Parent-Teacher Club, or PTC.

On Oct. 9, students at Lobbestael Elementary School in Harrison Township, part of L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, came together to duct tape principal Beverly Polega to a wall.

“Our PTC had a fall kickoff fundraiser and we try to have one, big fundraiser a year,” Polega said. “We have all the students and families participate as much as possible.”  

The fundraising goal was $7,500 and if the students reached the goal, Polega promised students she would be taped to the wall. Money raised will be used by the PTC.

“All funds raised are returned right back to our own school,” Polega said. “I want to thank the community and PTC for being a part of this fun day.”  

At the Oct. 9 assembly, students, staff and parents were given duct tape to do the honors.

“It was a fun way to promote the fundraising and get the kids involved,” Polega said. “The older students were very excited, talking about it for days.”   

As a way to promote healthy choices and fitness, the PTC hosted a color run at the school Sept. 25, along with a back-to-school barbeque.  

Erica Braun, Lobbestael PTC president, said the club pays for Scholastic News, classroom support supplies and more.

About two years ago at a PTC meeting, Braun brought up the idea of raising money by duct taping the principal to the wall.

“It was all over Pinterest and I thought we could presell tickets and it could be a real success, if I could get our principal to agree,” Braun said. “It took a bit of convincing, but eventually she agreed.”

When the club decided to do a color run as a main fundraiser for the 2019-20 school year, club members brainstormed ideas for prizes based on top earnings per student, class and grade.

“It occurred to us that this was a great opportunity, not to mention a motivator to raise money,” Bruan said. “Our goal this first year was $7,500, or approximately $25 per student in our school.”

Braun added the club raises money throughout the year in order to pay for various supplies to support the school.

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