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Lewis Principal 'Walks the Plank'

Lewis Elementary Principal Kristin Tonelli and Assistant Principal Delilah Rabeiro rode down a water slide at the Temple Terrace Rec Center after students raised more than $20,000.

From Tiffany Sperry, Lewis PTA member serving as yearbook adviser, publicity representative and historian:

Principal Kristin Tonelli made an agreement with her students: If they raised $20,000 in their pirate-themed , she’d “walk the plank,” or slide down a water slide at the neighboring .

When students surpassed that goal, Tonelli upheld her end of the bargain.

She and Assistant Principal Delilah Rabeiro first met students on the soccer fields to celebrate their success on Nov. 18. The gathers money for tutoring programs, enrichment activities, books, stage lighting and sound systems for student performances and other programs.

The students who raised the most money were announced as Scotty Sheridan, Samuel Glow, Elena Glow, Kekai Hauanio, Rebecca Diaz, Anaya Hernandez and Rebecca Diaz (who was also the winner of an iTouch). As a result of their hard efforts, these students get to ride in a limo to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate.

Tonelli told the students that she didn’t see how she could “walk the plank” when there weren't any pirates around or any water. As soon as the students started pointing and cheering toward the Rec Center behind them, pirates appeared.

The pirates escorted Tonelli and Rabeiro to the water slide at the Rec Center. There, they rode down the slide into the chilly water below.

Lewis Elementary would like to extend a special thank you to their students, parents, faculty, PTA and Buccaneer Beads for making this fundraiser a huge success.

Sherri Lonon November 28, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Great shots and what a good sport!
Jamie Robe November 29, 2011 at 02:17 PM
The photo of the pirates and ladies at the top of the slide is a classic! I just read "Images of America: Temple Terrace", the history book of Temple Terrace's early years co-authored by Grant Rimbey, and this photo is just the type of image that historians will love to put in the future book written in 2111. Just hope the digital images last as long as some of those old paper photos. Just a thought Kids - next time schedule the dunking of teachers for December or January - that splash pool might have a bit more kick in cooler weather LOL. It is nice to live in a community that supports so many great schools.
Grant Rimbey November 29, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Thanks for the book mention!
Kathy McGuire November 29, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Kudos to the kids, PTA and staff at Lewis!
Jamie Robe November 29, 2011 at 04:20 PM
My pleasure... You should write a story about the book or a topic or photo in it for Patch. It is really an interesting thing to see all the amazing things that made Temple Terrace a vibrant place 90 years ago. The pics in the article did remind me of those of the diving/swimming contestants. BTW where was that pool and tower located? I assume they got plowed under somewhere?
Ashley Reams November 29, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Jamie, we have a story about the book pending. Look for it in the future!
Grant Rimbey November 29, 2011 at 05:39 PM
A book story, cool. Jamie, the 1920s olympic sized pool was behind the current Student Center for Florida College, I think it was filled in in the 1980s? It is still there, just filled in, I believe.

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