The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 5, 2014

Unity students raise funds; principal takes to rooftop

FULTON, Ill. — Armed with a pop-up tent and a small metal desk, Unity Christian School Principal Chris Pluister took his work to the roof — literally.

On Friday, Pluister made good on a promise to the students of Unity Christian Elementary School when he was hoisted atop the building's roof on a lift and stayed there for the remainder of the school day.

"We incentivized the students who participated in Jump Rope for Heart," said Pluister. "We had a talk about doing something to my hair but I have none so, this was another idea that was thrown out."

Pluister challenged the students of Unity Christian Elementary to raise more than $2,500 for the Jump Rope for Heart program and he would conduct his school day on the roof of the building.

When approximately 70 students came back with more than $3,000 raised, he knew what that meant, and on Friday he stayed true to his word.

"It's been a big spectacle today," he said from the rooftop. "The kids love it, I'm just hoping there's still some learning going on inside."

Pluister himself managed to get some work done as well while perched on the two-story schoolhouse. While he said it wasn't easy conducting principal duties inside a single-person tent, he still managed to get a good amount of his day's work accomplished.

But the spectacle, as he called it, was more about the dedication and commitment the students of Unity Christian made to raising the money for the Jump Rope for Heart program, even though it may have only been to get him to the roof.

Either way, he said, it was all for a good cause.

"I suspect we'll be raising a lot more money for Jump Rope for Heart next year," he added.

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