Middle school teachers sleep on the roof

Northwest Middle School principal Ashley Young (left) joins teachers sleeping on the roof Oct. 18. The teachers raised more than $20,000 to buy books for their students.

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Northwest Middle School principal Ashley Young (left) joins teachers sleeping on the roof Oct. 18. The teachers raised more than $20,000 to buy books for their students.

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On the chilly night of Friday, Oct. 18, a group of teachers slept on the roof of Northwest Middle School.

The Northwest PTSO held a Cash Crusade fundraiser to raise money to buy books for the students to read. Their goal was $20,000, but they needed an incentive for the students. They announced that the teachers whose donation buckets had the most coins would sleep on the roof.

They raised $21,000.

“We’re going to use the money from this year to buy books,” assistant principal John Steger said. “We’ve got a lot of books in our school, but some of them are getting older. We want books that are more challenging for our kids.”

Steger, Principal Ashley Young, sixth grade science and social studies teacher Danielle Arnold, seventh grade language arts teacher Kathleen Potter and seventh grade social studies teacher Meghan Sharp all were on the roof that night.

“It was really cold,” Arnold said, “but we had a great view of the game and the band performance.”

Spectrum News was on the scene, and Young confessed she had a fear of heights but was still willing to spend the night on the roof for the kids.

“Our staff will do anything to raise money for our students,” Young said.

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