Floate to the roof to celebrate goal

Photo: Signage at the entrance to the Hernando Middle School library celebrated the goal reached in the book fair fundraiser and announcing that principal Dr. Jerry Floate would spend the night on the school roof. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

Hernando Middle School principal Dr. Jerry Floate was spending Tuesday night on the school roof to fulfill a challenge he made to his students.

The challenge he made to students was that he would do this if the students sold 1,000 books over a one-week period, as part of a book fair fundraiser for the school library. After a week, the students had sold 2,300 books, so up on the roof Floate went Tuesday night after an evening send-off.

The school library earns a percentage off the sales, which is then used to buy more books. Assistant principal Thomas Hurst also got involved and said he would wear a wig.

Floate says he has Netflix on his phone so he can watch something before he went to bed. Maybe some teachers got him to correct some papers while he was up there too!

Dr. Jerry Floate, his wife Tonya and daughter Sarah, before the Hernando Middle School principal ascended to the school roof to spend the night.
(Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

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