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At Holmes Elementary, pink principal is reward for jogging to $16,500

Just what was Holmes Elementary School Principal Jonathan Saipe doing when he rode around the school on a pink bicycle wearing a pink tutu?

Principal Saipe enjoys his ride. He was honoring his challenge to the students and Holmes community to raise $10,000 in the Spring Donation Drive held in conjunction with the Holmes HERO (Homes Educational Run Off) Jog-a-Thon. This was a joint effort by the school's PTA, students, staff and community and raised a total of $16,500 for the Clairemont K-6 school.

Saipe showed his school spirit by being “pinkified” when the community raised over $10,000. When the total reached $15,000, he rewarded the students by giving them the opportunity to eat lunch with friends in other classes and grade levels one day a week.

"Our HERO Run is a great tradition which brings our school community together for a fun day of exercise, music, and snow cones.” said Saipe. "I will do it every year if it provides extra motivation and laughs for the students.”

In addition to the pink frills, the school's headmaster also tinted his hair pink and wore a pink outfit for the day.

"The kids and staff screamed with excitement when I rode my pink cruiser out to our Monday morning assembly on the playground,” he said. "We’ve all been working very hard lately, with testing and implementing the Common Core Standards. It was great seeing the kids smiles as I visited classrooms throughout the day."

The money raised will help fund the school’s visual and performing arts program, which includes a choral music teacher and Arts Attack supplies; ongoing technology needs; field trips; instructional supplies; and the Mileage Club.

What's next for the Clairemont neighborhood school? The annual Spring Fling will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Festivities include a silent auction, cake decorating contest, arts and crafts, student performances and activities for the entire family. For more information, visit www.sandi.net/holmes or contact Principal Jonathan Saipe at jsaipe@sandi.net.