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05/18/05

First Graders Get to Play Principal for a Day

What would you do if you were principal for a day? Six students at Marshpoint Elementary have their chance. They did better than expected for first graders and first timers, and they learned today being the boss isn't easy.

The first order of business: lead the school in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The second--and probably the one these kids were most excited about--was using the walkie-talkie.

Today these principal wannabes got the chance to walk around and be in charge. "I love being principal," said student Liliana Reinke.

But it didn't take long for them to figure out just how tough this job may be. Especially when it came down to punishing their friends for being bad.

"I'm going to go up to them and say, 'Won't you please follow the rules or you might get in trouble,'" said first grader Carroline Brennan.

"When kids are fighting, I'll tell them to handle it a different way," said Liliana.

But what do these mini principals do when they lose their partner, who is supposed to help them with wrangling the unruly acts of school children? It happened to Liliana, but they did reunite and resumed their principal duties. They continued walking classroom to classroom making sure everyone was on their best behavior.

And as the morning ended, these pint-sized principals learned a very important lesson. "Our principal is better," said Liliana.

Caroline actually read more than 800 books this year, so these children certainly deserved to be in this power position today.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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