Promise to Students Has Local Principal, Librarian Blowing Hot Air - SLIDE SHOW

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By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida- Mary 24, 2011 4:25 pm-

One Tallahassee elementary school's principal and librarian are making good on a promise they made to their students, and now they are headed to the sky.

The leaders of the 'Sealey Superstars' made a promise to their students, there had to be 75% accuracy for each grade level on their reading for them to take a hot air balloon ride.

The kids waited patiently, and cheered loudly as the tethered balloon went up.

Lenita Joe is the librarian at Sealey. She said, "They are excited, but the one thing they wanted is they want to go up, too in the hot air balloon. But they are excited about meeting their goal and reading, and that is what we are really excited about too."

The students chanted "higher, higher." Librarian Joe says they don't know how they will top this, but they will let the kids choose, next.

The students will be watching the movie "Up in the Air" to finish off their high-flying day.

** The hot air balloon was provided by one of the teachers at Sealey, who happens to be a hot air balloon enthusiast.**

Tallahassee, Florida - May 24, 2011 -

Sealey Elementary School's principal and librarian go up in a hot air balloon to keep their promise to students who met their accelerated reading goal. There had to be 75% accuracy for each grade level for the two to take the voyage.

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  • by Karla J Dicks Location: United States on May 25, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    My daughter is a Kindergarten student at Sealey and she had a BLAST watching her principal, Mrs. Clemmons and her media center specialist, Mrs. Joe in the hot air balloon. Sealey has an incredible staff and Mrs. Joe is extra special, she always goes the extra mile for all of her kids.
  • by Lenita Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    We do a lot to motivate our children, this was just one of many and the children were excited. Last year they all slept over in the media center, the year before our principal kissed a seal, with the real purpose-getting kids to love reading. I think we do that at Sealey and all other schools in Leon County. Visit one and see for yourself. By the way, would you want to be liable for children going up in a hot air balloon?
  • by Sealey grandparent Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    My grandson has had a remarkable experience at Sealey. The principal, the media specialist and the teachers he has had are outstanding. The students are being rewarded in a number of ways but I believe this one (the hot air balloon) is terrific! Some folks are just Debbie Downers no matter what and I feel sorry for their kids. Way to go Sealey students, faculty and staff!!! THANK YOU for caring so much for our children and for always going over and beyond and demonstrating creativity!
  • by dana Location: california on May 24, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    why didn't they send the kids up for a reward instead about higher learning and the benefits you would receive from studying.
  • by Sue Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    It is my balloon and it didn't cost the school a single penny.
  • by Tally Mom Location: Tallahassee on May 24, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    I agree! At least Principal Pitts kissed a pig! Something not-too-pleasant to encourage the kids. If I were a kid, I'd think "why should I go to this effort just so THEY can get a hot air balloon ride".
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    How do you know they wasted any money? Maybe the balloon was donated by a parent? While they could have come up with better ideas to push the kids don't hound them for trying to educate you're dumb youth.
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      by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM in reply to
      It should be "your"...not "you're"...just sayin'
  • by Critic on May 24, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    To GA mom: You are in GA so you shouldn't complain about where themoney came from and the kids are already rewarded for their accomplishment. The ride was to motivate students to read so they can see the principal go up in the hot air balloon and it worked so why complain. If it takes money to motivate students so be it because it takes more money to take care of people without an education.
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      by Ole Hickory Marietta, Ga. on May 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to Critic
      I am in Georgia, and a resident of Florida. I pay taxes on both-ends, if you know what it is, to pay taxes. Sometimes, people can make a point or a statement, just to make-that point or that statement! Whether a resident, or not. Thanx.
  • by FL Mom Location: Tallahassee, FL on May 24, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    To Ga MOM, The balloon belongs to one of the teacher's at the school. People should make sure they get their "facts correct" before speaking.
  • by Richard on May 24, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    As a Sealey parent, I am happy the kids got to participate in an activity they can all get excited about. How often when you were a kid, did you get to send your principal away in a balloon! I know the kids had a ball, and I imagine Mrs Clemmons and the Librarian were quite nervous!
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      by Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM in reply to Richard
      You make a good point...I just wish there was something they could have done that was more a direct reward to the children. My child also attends Sealey and she really didn't feel it was a reward for the students to watch them go up in an air balloon...she really could have cared less.
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