During a recent book fair Sonnesyn Elementary School students were busy raising money and keeping their principal "buzzy."
The school raised $573.44. The incentive was prompted by new principal Leia Ward who set goal levels for the student community, which were surpassed, for a recent coin collection during its book fair. The coins were to help earn books for classrooms.
Ward set four different goal levels. The first level was if students collected $75 worth of coins she would play outside with the students during recess. If students raised $150 she would sing a song on the morning announcements. If students raised $225 Ward would color her hair black and yellow for the day, in honor of Sonnesyn's mascot, the bee.
But if students raised $300, Ward said she would buzz around Sonnesyn in a bee costume on roller skates, passing out buzz notes. And that's exactly what she did.
In addition, Scholastic Books matches the monetary donations with a donation to non-profit organizations dedicated to helping children, families, and teachers acquire books and educational resources. These two nonprofits are Kids in Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.
Sonneysn is in the Robbinsdale School District and serves both New Hope and Plymouth families.
(Information provided by Tia Clasen with Robbinsdale School District.)