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Teachers camp out at school for Hospice

June 19, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer (cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Three faculty members at Petrova Elementary School camped out in the school's bus circle Monday night as part of an effort to raise money for High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care.

The Petrova school community raised more than $2,000 for Hospice this year. Because the students met their goal, several teachers had to partake in a series of activities selected by students.

That's why school counselor Rebecca Goldman, kindergarten teacher Sara Shatraw and first-grade teacher Kara Munn were cozied up in sleeping bags early this morning, waiting for students to arrive at school.

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Faculty members at Petrova Elementary School enjoy some coffee from Adirondack Bean-To this morning after camping out in the school’s bus circle as part of the school’s effort to raise funds for High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care. From left are school counselor Rebecca Goldman, kindergarten teacher Sara Shatraw and first-grade teacher Kara Munn.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)

"This was the third-place vote-getter," Munn said.

The teachers had a large tent set up, as well as camping chairs and a small, enclosed grill. They had more than 20 visitors join them last night for s'mores, including students, parents and other teachers.

So what was it like to rough-it for the night in the school's bus circle?

"It was fine, other than making sure to get that last bathroom break in before the school got locked up," Munn joked.

Goldman noted that Munn and Shatraw had to share a 1-inch-thick sleeping pad, while she had the luxury of an air mattress.

"So, yeah, I was fine," she said.

Other teachers and faculty members weren't so lucky. The first-place vote-getter - Phyllis Ellsworth-Drury - had to kiss a frog while "Joy to the World," by Hoyt Axton, with the famous opening line, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog," played in the background.

Petrova Principal Josh Dann, the second-place vote-getter, had to take three pies to the face from three fifth graders.

Hospice raised more than $52,500 at its 20th annual Radio Day event on June 5. The funds help the organization pay for end-of-life care services.

 
 

 

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