Union students become principal for a day

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.First-grade student Jayde Simon travelled with principal Michael Masucci and resource officer Steve Kent to the high school and middle school. At the middle school, she met with assistant principal Lisa Iberis and called her sisters down to the office. She said the best part of the day was seeing her sisters. She wrote a "no homework" pass for her them. Pictured are Iberis, Simon, Kent and her sisters Neela and Maren Simon.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Union Elementary principal Michael Masucci granted students a chance to become the principal for the day on April 25, 26 and 27. Pictured, Jayde Simon met with superintendent David Janofa. Pictured are, from left, Masucci, Simon, Janofa and resource officer Steve Kent.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Union Elementary's principal for a day program raised money for the school's contribution to Poland's Relay for Life team. Pictured, Jayde Simon, principal for the day on April 26, talked with high school principal Kevin Snyder.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Union Elementary School allowed students in each grade to become principal for a day on April 25, 26 and 27 as a part of their fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Principal Michael Masucci took the children to the other Poland schools to introduce the students as the new principal. Second-grader Jack Downie took over the role of principal on April 25, first-grade student Jayde Simon became the principal on April 26 and kindergartner Will Gaffney was the principal for the final day.

“Let’s face it. I need all the help I can get these days and our school is filled with qualified individuals,” joked Masucci in a letter home to the parents about the event.

The students had doughnuts, a special lunch and a visit to the other schools. They met principals at the high school and middle school, rode from school to school in resource officer Steve Kent’s police car and talked to Superintendent David Janofa about becoming the principal. Simon suggested a snow day in her meeting with Janofa and wrote a “no homework pass” to her sisters in the middle school.

The program raised money for the Poland’s Relay for Life team. Students bought tickets for a dollar of six tickets for $5. Masucci placed the tickets in a raffle and drew a ticket from each grade level.

Their earnings will combine with funds they have raised through the other programs, their Give Back Day and carnation sale, for the Poland Relay team. The two events earlier this year raised nearly $1,000.

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