Principal for a day

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WHITE HEATH, Ill. (WCIA) — A third grader can now say he’s been on the other side of the principal’s desk.

He was principal for the day at White Heath Elementary School. He started the morning with donuts for his classmates. And ended it with a whiffle ball game at recess. All suggestions made by him.

Cole Basak’s mom bid the highest at a school foundation auction. And the payout was her son got to rule the school for a day. 

There’s a new principal in town at White Heath Elementary School.

“I’m taking the day off and we have a 3rd grader Cole Basak taking over.” 

Cole Basak started his busy day catching up on things in the office. Some of his first tasks included reading emails and declaring it hat day.
“He has a real email acct that he’s set up just for today so the teachers are going to ask him to come help with things in the classroom.” 

“I think it’s really fun because I’m the boss of the whole school 

And just like a real principal he took time to listen to some requests. He quickly learned it’s hard to please everyone. Next on the list a meeting with the superintendent.

“Twenty minutes of math and a lot of science.” 

“Did you have any other ideas for the construction project? 

After he finished up his meeting he headed to the gym for a little fun. Rollerblading with his classmates.

And an afternoon plan of enjoying the outdoors.

“I’m going to have popsicles at recess and a whiffle ball game during the other.” 

But it wasn’t all fun and games. He soon learned the job is often a labor of love.

“Well I’m going to deliver some stuff like cookies to the teachers 

All in a days work Principal Basak says it’s a good day to be a sage.

White Heath wasn’t the only school with someone else in charge. Over at Washington Elementary in Monticello a fifth grader did the job.

Tyler Olsen was picked as principal for the day. He says he’s always wanted to do this. He also passed out donuts. 

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