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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