Glen Lake principal sleeps on roof after making bet with students

Principal Jeff Radel pitched a tent on the roof of Glen Lake Elementary School Oct. 25. He slept on the roof overnight after reading Glen Lake families a bedtime story.
October 26, 2018

Everyone loves a good bedtime story, but it’s not every day that one is read from your school’s principal, on top of the roof!

In response to the Glen Lake Walk-a-thon results, principal Jeff Radel, slept on the roof of Glen Lake Elementary Oct. 25. If students raised more than $25,000, Radel said he would camp on the roof. Students ended up surpassing that goal by raising more than $42,000. It was the third year Radel made the bet with his students.

After the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Night, students and their families congregated on the sidewalk outside and waited patiently for their principal to arrive on the roof. Excitement was apparent as students jumped up and down and some began chanted “Radel reads.” Principal Radel concluded just as it started to rain.

The evening weather, a crisp 48 degrees, was pretty typical of a Minnesota October. Being that it wasn’t his first time sleeping on the roof, Radel came prepared. Inside his survival kit? A sleeping bag rated for 20 degree weather, a pack of Twizzlers, and a laptop for Netflix shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation.

In addition to Radel sleeping on the roof, third grade teacher Peter Benson joined him in a tent. Five other Glen Lake educators also stayed overnight inside the school including: Jody McDermott, school nurse; Dee Den Hartog, guidance counselor; Mary Slobig, special education teacher; and Maria Williams, fifth grade teacher. The evening was filled with YouTube videos, playing Apples to Apples, talking about scary insects and eating lots of unhealthy snacks.

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