Prospect Mill Principal To Sleep On School's Roof

Prospect Mill Elementary School principal Chris Cook agreed to spend the night on the school's roof if the students raised more than $10,000 for playground equipment.

For Chris Cook, principal at , going upstairs to bed Thursday evening means taking the stairs to the school's roof and his snug sleeping bag.

Cook agreed to spend the night on the roof if the school's students raised $10,000 for playground equipment.

“Tonight I just happened to pick the coldest night possible," Cook said Thursday.

Cook will sleep in a tent on the roof with his sleeping bag, blankets and a lot of school support to keep him warm.

“They’re very excited. Some of the classes have written me bedtime stories," Cook said of the students.

In his robe and pajamas, Cook plans to wave farewell to the students as they head to the buses and greet them in the morning when they return.

“I think it helped them to set a goal, and the community has really embraced the idea that the kids need some more modern playground equipment," Cook said.

In the morning, more fun is in store for the students who raised the most money. These students will get to celebrate by smashing a pie in a teacher's face.

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Bill Lawson November 17, 2011 at 09:36 PM
haha!! How cute!! What a great Principal!
Jill Bracewell November 18, 2011 at 01:58 AM
I just went to the school and Mr. Cook is on the roof! He said he has lots of goodies and hot chocolate and is ready to put the tent up. What an amazing man to do this for the kids!!! Way to go Mr. Cook!
Breeana Merryman November 18, 2011 at 02:27 AM
I work for him and he is a great principal,very student centered !! Way to go pandas!
Carla Banack November 18, 2011 at 02:45 AM
He is all about the students and I am so proud to work for him and be part of all this!!!! The students are so thrilled and LOVE school!
Debbie Fuhr Smith November 18, 2011 at 05:44 AM
I hope he thaws out for tomorrow! The students were very excited today. They loved seeing him in his pj's waving at dismissal. The faculty is very proud of our top panda!
kathy kelly November 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM
God bless him!!! A man of his word is hard to come by in this day and age. Even though it turned out to be so very cold, he did what he promised! An excellent lesson for the children! Hats off to Mr. Cook!
Gabriella Linarducci Frezza November 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Way to Go Mr. Cook!!!!!!
Patrick November 18, 2011 at 01:04 PM
He's setting a great example for these kids and the community. Good job!
Lisa Gryctz Baumgartner November 18, 2011 at 01:22 PM
I had the pleasure of working for Mr Cook at his last school and I was not at all surprised to see him up on the roof on the coldest night of the year. This is not a gimmick or something he did for attention, it is the kind of principal he is all the time. He truly realizes that fun and excitement are an important part of the learning process and that building relationships with students makes all the difference!
Wayne Godfrey November 18, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Great job! However, this was not a fundraiser for playgroung equipment. It raised funds for all the good things that our PTA does for the kids.
Kai November 18, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Now that is what memories are made of. Good job teaching and inspiring our youth and their families.
Lisanne Blake November 18, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Thank you Mr. Cook, for being such an amazing principal, always full of school spirit and dedication to your students! We were happy to stop by and say "hi!"
Jeff November 22, 2011 at 01:49 PM
My youngest son is a Little Panda & I have to say, out of my 3 kids who are in HCPS, 1 is a Senior & 1 is in 8th grade now, Mr Cook is by far the most student/school oriented of any of the principals I have ever interacted with, he truly cares for the kids & brings smiles to their faces. If only all our educators were as enthusiastic about their schools & students! Justin Berk from Channel 2 gave Mr. Cook a shout out on the news Friday morning for spending the cold night on the roof. Thank you Mr. Cook


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