Second grade students at Rexford/Elementary School in Clintonville duct taped Principal Tami Bagstad to a school wall Friday, Feb. 6.
The incident wasn’t a rebellion against school administration. Rather, it was a reward for raising the most money in a penny war contest sponsored by the Rexford/Longfellow Elementary School PTO.
All classrooms at the school were invited to participate in the fundraiser, which is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the PTO. The classroom that collected the most money received the privilege of duct taping Bagstad to a wall in the school.
That honor went to Jill Yaklyvich’s second grade class, which raised $119.
Megan Meyers’ kindergarten class finished second, raising $113. Jennifer Peeters’ first grade class raised $108 and finished third.
Bagstad said the money was raised during a span of one week.
“They had a week where they all had their own piggy bank in their room and kids got to bring in money as they went through the week,” Bagstad said.
Even before the fundraiser started, Bagstad said students were telling her how excited they were to see her get duct taped to a wall.
“They were hyping it up pretty good before it started and as it was going, every time you’d see a student in the hall, they’d say, ‘My class is going to win and tape you to the wall,'” Bagstad said.
Prior to being taped to the wall in the sunny hall at the school, Bagstad was taking it all in stride.
“I’m super excited for it,” she said.
Students from the winning classroom spent about 30 minutes duct taping Bagstad to the wall. Towards the end, students from other classrooms were allowed to walk by Bagstad as she was taped to the wall.
Afterwards, Bagstad reflected on the experience.
“It was a really fun experience and another reason that we have #TruckerPride here,” she said.
Bagstad said students in the classrooms that didn’t win were disappointed they didn’t have the opportunity to do the taping.
She also said she told students that she would speak with the PTO about doing another fundraiser at the end of the year, with the winning class being able to duct tape their teacher to the wall.
“Students were also excited about that option,” Bagstad said.
Amy Hernandez, co-president of the Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School, said she will recommend that idea at a future PTO meeting.
A grand total of $1,587 was raised in this fundraiser. Bagstad said the money will be used by the PTO to help with “school beautification.”