And yet, even still, some trepidation remains. Yesterday, I told the students to bring their dollars in to tape our principal to the wall on Wednesday. Our head principal has graciously agreed to be taped to the wall as part of a senior class fundraiser in which students (and staff?) can buy a piece of duct tape to fasten him to the building over the three lunch periods. At the end of the buying period, we'll pull out the chair and see just how long he sticks. It sounds like a bad prank, but hey, if it raises money for the senior class, we're in good shape.
Of course, when telling my students to bring in money, there were still some skeptics. "That would never work here, no one will want to do it." Another student said "that sounds fun other places, but probably no one will buy it. No one does anything here." Despite the recent homecoming successes, there's still this idea that no one is interested, or no one is allowed to be excited. Thankfully, I'm confident they're wrong. Sometimes people just need social permission to be excited about things again.
(And no, this is not Mr. Graves... just a generic "taped to the wall" picture. Look for the real video tomorrow!)