South Range middle school principal spends night on roof

Principal Dan Szolek promised to camp out if the students read a combined total of 3,000 books

South Range Middle School Principal Dan Szolek spent the night on the roof.

BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – No doubt there were times in school where you would like to see your principal sleep out in the rain. On Friday, students at South Range Middle School made that happen.

Principal Dan Szolek is sleeping on the school’s roof Friday night, paying off a wager with the 5th grade language arts class. He promised to camp out if the students read a combined total of 3,000 books over the summer and school year.

“I thought that they would get there,” Szolek said. “I just told [their teacher], ‘Please make it May or June,’ so that it wouldn’t be December when the weather is bad.”

Temperatures were warm on Friday as Szolek put on his daughter’s unicorn slippers and cradled her purple stuffed animal for the sleepover. The principal also looked through the theater department’s props for an old-fashioned nightcap, to no avail.

The 5th graders also had the chance to have fun at the school after hours, playing kickball on the playground and soccer and volleyball in the gymnasium. They also enjoyed dinner and s’mores provided by parents.

Each student donated $5 to Akron Children’s Hospital to join in the fun.

Szolek’s night on the roof was inspired by a book the students read titled ‘Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind,’ in which the principal dyed his hair purple and slept on the school roof after his class read 1,000 books.

Szolek dyed his hair too, making his ‘do purple just before Christmas break when the South Range 5th graders read 1,500 books.


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