Students at West Homer Elementary School and Fireweed Academy last Thursday got a special treat: the chance to duct tape their principals to the wall of the school’s multipurpose room. As teachers peeled off strips of dull-gray but also brightly colored duct tape, West Homer Elementary Principal Eric Waltenbaugh and Fireweed Academy Principal Todd Hindmanprincipals stood on milk crates and bravely endured hundreds of little hands taping them to the wall. After about an hour, layers of duct tape covered their bodies so that they looked like caterpillars ready to emerge from their cocoons.
The event came about as part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support, said West Homer teacher Rebecca Paul, who helps run the program. Students get tokens for showing good behavior like being respectful and responsible. They put the tokens in a jar at the front desk, and when the jar gets filled, students get a fun activity as a reward. In past years students have selected things like crazy hair days. This year the student council chose the duct tape event.