FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Forest Elementary School Principal Steve Vercellino challenged his students to a fundraising goal he really didn't think they would achieve.
They proved him wrong.
Vercellino said he would sleep on the roof of the school if they raised $20,000 during their Color Fun Run. They did it, and he slept in a tent on the roof Thursday night.
The principal thought his sleeping on the roof idea would be more of an incentive to push the fundraising to $10,000 or something like that. But the students hit the $20,000 mark without hesitation. Vercellino knew the game was over when the students got within $500 of the lofty goal a few days ago.
The money is going right back to the students.
"The $20,000 comes right back to them for different programs we offer at our school. They even helped pay for new playground equipment, new technology, and they bought us over $10,000 worth of books ... it's a good cause, but I lost. They did it," he said.
He was on the roof sleeping in a tent with a lamp and nightstand. He brought a space heater but he said he didn't really need it.
Some students from the neighborhood were visiting him Thursday night. Vercellino said he got a couple hours of sleep.