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Patriot Elementary students given honor of being 'Guest Principals'

Students were selected to be principals for a day

(4th grader Corben Tyler and 5th grader Ethan Kinney strike poses as "guest principals")

A few lucky students were chosen at random to be "guest principals" for the day. The privilege was a prize for their participation in the "Hassle-Free" fundraiser to raise money for the parent-teacher organization. Ethan Kinney and Corben Tyler won the "golden ticket" to be principal.

"I was kind of surprised I was chosen because there were a lot of people who did the fundraiser. So I really wasn't expecting to get it" Ethan Kinney said.

Corben Tyler had been at a doctor's appointment when the winners were announced on a Friday, so he found out when he came back for the weekend.

"So on Monday, I walked in and everyone was looking at me," Tyler explained. "I got my stuff and went to my desk and I saw this [the golden ticket] and I was really happy and shocked."

They met with Principal Matt Hilderbrand to plan out their special day that would happen on October 30. The guest principals decided to do the morning announcements, eat pizza in the office, wear Principal for the Day name badges, and give their classes extra recess and sensory room time. 

When asked why they decided to grant their classes extra fun time Tyler replied, "because we didn't just want it to be us, who did the whole principal/sensory room thing, so we let our class have some things we got to do."

They were able to spend time in the office helping Hilderbrand with principal duties from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Hilderbrand said he thought up the idea because he wants the kids to have a positive experience when it comes to visiting the principal's office.