Today I ran a quarter mile dressed up like a hot dog.
When you become a school leader, you know that you will have to deal with curriculum & instruction, teacher evaluations, student discipline, and phone calls from concerned parents & community members. What you might not expect is that you also have to do some crazy things for the sake of the kids.
Rushwood–one of our elementary schools–was holding a Race for Education to raise money to build an outdoor learning lab. I was dressed as a hot dog, PTA dad Ken Strong was dressed like a chicken, and Title I Tutor Melanie Dillon (@m_dillon8) was dressed as a box of Wheaties. We ran a lap with Principal Jacqueline O’Connor (@RushwoodPrin) to show the 1st and 2nd graders where they were supposed to go.
The fundraiser made about $24,000, and the outdoor learning lab will be an awesome addition to the school grounds.
In my career I have been in a dunk tank, had a pie smashed in my face, dressed in a Shrek costume, refereed a powder-puff football game, played Santa Claus, and—today–run a quarter mile dressed as a hot dog. I know of other school administrators who have kissed pigs, ridden donkeys, skydived, slept on roofs, been taped to walls, and so much more.
They don’t teach you about those things in grad classes. But the truth is it’s a whole lot of fun, and acting goofy with kids is one of the best parts of the job.