Friday, October 29, 2010
Making a bet — and losing — isn’t all it’s quacked up to be.
Poet Christian principal
Bill Maslyar made a friendly wager with his staff, students and parents that if they could reach the lofty goal of $20,000 in a September fundraiser, he would wear a duck costume for the school’s annual Halloween walkathon.
Students who sold baked goods, jewelry and magazine subscriptions received small rubber ducks as incentives during their fundraising sales, and the corresponding duck costume idea was pitched by members of the Poet Christian Parent-Teacher-Student Association who ran the fundraiser.
With sales of $21,800 in the two-week period, the principal was destined to wear the fowl costume created by PTSA members. A furry yellow body, bright orange socks and felt flipper feet made up Maslyar’s outfit as he watched over the 650 students in the school’s fourth annual Halloween walkathon.
“I thought I was home free — this was one of the easiest bets I could make” Maslyar said as students circled around the blacktop.
As the walkathon got under way, the principal, in recognition of his flashy getup, was given the “best costume” award for the day.
The success of September’s fundraiser will keep all of Poet Christian’s field trips funded for the rest of the school year and cover the expense of classroom supplies. Ongoing online sales could push the fundraising total up to $24,000, which would give the school a chance to improve its technology supplies.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
The evening was scheduled to be a political forum between candidates vying for the 11th Congressional District seat on the November 2 ballot. But the night quickly turned into an example of why I don't like politics. It wasn't just the Democrats or the Republicans that were a problem, it was everyone. How a crowded room of adults turned into a squabbling pack of children is amazing.
I can understand the fevered emotions and partisan politics but when we make an announcement of little things like don't interrupt the speakers, keep your signs down so other people can see, no name calling it sounds like we are talking to a room full of four-year-olds. And a vast portion of the crowd did indeed behave like juveniles. The highlight of my night was when someone comes up to me to see if I can have a person kicked out because they were "being mean". Really? seriously? You got your feeling hurt? So I try and get specifics and it was they were saying "really mean things" and they he was dressed "offensively". Lord give me strength.
So I have a talk with this person and give them a warning. Don't talk to anyone leave people alone or they would be removed. Then later the person who complained turns out to be a screamer and shouts at the opposition candidate throughout the evening. Welcome to adulthood. I had talked with Tracy Police officers and was told I could have audience members removed if I thought they were causing a disruption. Kind of a weighty responsibility to try and determine when a person' right to free speech has gone to far and created a nuisance or danger to others. I could not throw someone out of the building just because they were dressed the way someone didn't like.