Heber Hunt Elementary Principal Brendan Eisenmenger found himself in a sticky situation Friday afternoon. Not because of anything he had done, in fact it was because of the hard work and efforts of his students that Eisenmenger was in a bit of a mess.
“For the first 10 days of school you all were outstanding,” Eisenmenger told his students. “Four-hundred and sixty of you or more have been here every day of school and that is pretty remarkable.”
Heber Hunt has an enrollment of 485 students.
As part of the school’s attendance rewards incentive program, every time the students have 95 percent or higher attendance for 10 consecutive days the students are rewarded.
“We know that having our kids in school on a consistent day-to-day basis leads to academic success,” Eisenmenger said after the assembly. “One of the things we really stress with our students is that day-to-day consistency and the only way that can happen is for the students to be here.
“It’s really a small thing that we can do to get them motivated and excited about their attendance,” he added. “Spending $5 on pancake batter and some green food coloring so I can be slimed really is not that big because the kids deserve it for their hard work and effort.”
One student from each grade level was randomly selected to pour a bowl of slime (green-colored pancake batter) on Eisenmenger to the delight of the student body.
Before the fun began, the students had an opportunity to exercise their voting rights buy selecting their next attendance reward.
“If you all can do the same thing and have 95 percent of you here for 10 consecutive days we’ll get to do something else like this,” Eisenemenger told the excited kindergarten through fourth graders. “But this time you get to pick,” he added.
The students’ choices were two teachers kissing a pig, the teachers having a pie thrown in their face, or two teams of teachers playing a game of human foosball.
After a vote, based on the volume of the student cheers, the popular choice was human foosball.
“I have a great staff who are willing to do anything to help our kids succeed,” Eisenmenger added. “They are all on board and are willing to step up and do whatever it takes to help.
“We’re actually building on momentum from last year,” he added. “Our goal has always been to have well-behaved kids who succeed on all levels.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.