“Slime Miss Jackson! Slime Miss Jackson! Slime Miss Jackson,” the students of Springdale Elementary School chanted as they eagerly awaited seeing their principal, Donna Jackson, drenched in green goo.
As a celebration for reaching a fundraising goal, several students were permitted to douse Jackson in slime.
“Every year we have our Boosterthon Springdale Fun Run, and our kids work really hard and try to meet two challenges,” Jackson said.
LeAnn Nichols, who chaired the fundraiser, said students got pledges from sponsors, then committed to run 30 to 35 laps around the school’s track.
The 10 students who received the most pledges had the added bonus of pouring a bucket of slime on their principal.
The fundraising goal had two challenges: to get a pledge from all 50 states, and to raise at least $26,000.
“Our students did meet that goal,” Jackson said. “We raised $30,000 for our school. I’m really proud of our students. All of that money comes back to Springdale. It comes back for instructional resources, technology, things that will help our students.
“It was very well worth getting slimed today because I know this is going to help our kids.”
Besides the sliming, the former Parent Teacher Committee president, Michael Bradshaw, proposed a sumo wrestling match between himself and Jackson as another celebration. It would actually be a rematch from last year.
“I took Mr. Bradshaw down, for the record,” Jackson said.
The rematch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at Springdale.
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