Leon High School Staff Sleep in Tree

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

For the third night in a row, Principal Rocky Hannah and Athletic Director Mark Feely headed up into their sleeping pad in Leon's signature oak tree that stands in front of the school. It's also directly next to Tennessee Street, which Hannah says has been interesting. He says everything from sirens to someone starting a fight with a trash can has kept them up all night.

Why, you may ask, would they be sleeping in a tree? It's because the student body at Leon High School has been challenged and for every two thousand dollars they raise for breast cancer--the two grown men have to stay a night in the tree. So far the students have reserved them their fourth and last night in the tree Thursday, raising about $8,000.

"We're willing to do this. It's a sacrifice. It pales in comparison to those people that are going through chemo treatments and radiation. I mean, you wouldn't wish that on anyone." said Hannah.

Principal Hannah and Director Feely will spend their last night, Thursday, in the tree. But they will finally come down for a breast cancer rally with the students Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. where the entire school will walk around the track. Hannah says they will remember a staff member recently lost to cancer, as well as others who are currently battling the sickness.


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  • by c/o 2003 on Oct 3, 2008 at 10:29 AM
    being a graduate of leon high. this is so great that rocky and and coach feely are doing this. i wish that the princple that was there when i went there did stuff like that. we had boring years when i went there with no fundraisers of any kind unless you were in a club.
  • by mollie Location: wakulla high on Oct 3, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    wow
  • by tally Location: home on Oct 2, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    I love Rocky
  • by Parent on Oct 2, 2008 at 03:59 PM
    My son attends Leon...He loves it and so do I...I have heard about this Principal for years...Rocky will be our next School Superintendant...We to go Rocky!!!
  • by Rex on Oct 2, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    when I went to leon the staff just slept with the students.
  • by Karlee on Oct 2, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    What an amazing Principle. That is the kind of Principle that leads a great school. I mean what a way to get the kids involved! This is really an amazing thing the Principle and Athletic director did!
  • by dedicated Location: tallahasee on Oct 2, 2008 at 11:08 AM
    We need more ACTIVE committment like this in our schools. How can you talk about something that will bring about change if you, as a teacher, are not willing to make sacrifices? I commend everyone at LEON for truly standing out among the rest and for an AWESOME cause! God Bless You All!!! This is truly a wonderful story. I am blessed by your committment, sacrifice, and dedication!!!
  • by Ruth Location: Tallahassee on Oct 2, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    Rocky Hanna is my kind of principal. He enjoys doing things with and for the kids. Everyone should be proud that we have someone who is willing to do challenging things for the kids at Leon as well as for the community.
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