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Wrightsville Principal Don Gillett Sleeps on School Roof

This is a York Revolution baseball blog, focusing mainly on the on-field news, but I wanted to share this since it had an on-field tie-in.  One of the Revs’ main off-season community initiatives is Boomer’s Book Club, presented by Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union.  A Revs staffer, DownTown, and often times Boomer visit elementary schools around York and Adams counties, promoting reading outside of school.  This off-season, the program reached an all-time high of over 20,300 students.

Wrightsville Elementary has been a leading participant in Boomer’s Book Club since its inception, and this year, through an idea brainstormed by third graders Eva Cox, Victoria Zerbe, and Maya Gohn, principal Don Gillett presented his students with a challenge when the Revs visited on January 7. Gillett announced to his students that if they combined to read 2,000 books outside of school, he would sleep on the school roof beginning the night before the Revs’ season opener, and remaining there until they lose a game.  Wrightsville students combined to read 4,293 books, passing the test with flying colors.

On Wednesday night, a large contingent of students and parents gathered at the front of Wrightsville Elementary for Gillett’s ceremonial ascent.  He spent most of the night on the school roof, waking only to do a live TV interview with CBS 21 at 5 a.m.  Of course, he did come down for the school day, and to attend the Revs’ opener on Thursday night, where those three students as well as fellow third-grader Abbey Ash threw out ceremonial first pitches.  Gillett joked that unless the ’27 Yankees were coming to town, he anticipated being on the roof for quite awhile with the talent that the Revs have amassed on their roster to start this season.  But after a 1-0 loss to the Bridgeport Bluefish on Opening Night, it turns out Gillett’s stay was short-lived.  Regardless, everyone had a great time with this, especially the Wrightsville students.  Here are some photos from Wednesday’s ceremony at Wrightsville:

First, this video of Gillett’s ascent and the crowd reaction.

The crowd gathering outside of Wrightsville Elementary to see their principal climb to the roof

The crowd gathering outside of Wrightsville Elementary to see their principal climb to the roof

From left, Eva Cox, Maya Gohn, and Victoria Zerbe being interviewed by FOX 43

From left, Eva Cox, Maya Gohn, and Victoria Zerbe being interviewed by FOX 43

Gillett speaking with reporters

Gillett speaking with reporters

Let the climb begin. The Wrightsville Fire Department provided the ladder.

Let the climb begin. The Wrightsville Fire Department provided the ladder.

 

DownTown posing in front of the fire truck

DownTown posing in front of the fire truck

DownTown getting some school work done while at Wrightsville

DownTown getting some school work done while at Wrightsville

-DH

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