First grader is the boss for the day
“Good morning Mr. Arndt.”
That refrain was heard over and over as Blooming Prairie first grader Talon Arndt made his classroom rounds as principal for the day at Blooming Prairie Elementary School.
Thanks to his parents, Lori and Nate, Talon, 7 was given the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the “real” Principal at BPES, Mr. Staloch (Chris). Talon’s parents, Bixby residents, were the successful bidders ($375) on the BP Education Foundation Principal for the Day prize auctioned off on March 25.
On this particular day, Wednesday, May 3, Talon showed up with a flashy looking tie and a new, light blue sport shirt. The tie was loaned to him by his cousin Lane Arndt, a third grader.
Talon’s mother brought him to the principal’s office where he was welcomed by administrative staff.
One of his first experiences as principal for the day was to answer some questions from a snoopy newspaper reporter. Talon showed some shyness and stayed close to his mother during the early going.
“He was really excited when he heard we won the auction item and he wanted to schedule his day the very next day,” Lori related.
Asked what he thought the elementary principal did, Talon quickly responded: “Too much.” The question about the principal’s duties was asked of all the classrooms Mr. Staloch and Mr. Arndt visited.
First actual duty was to stand next to Mr. Staloch in the hallway and greet all of the elementary students as they passed to their classrooms.
Next, Mr. Arndt read the morning announcements over the public address system. “Did you get nervous?” Staloch asked Talon. “I did when I first made the announcements,” Staloch told Talon.
It was then off to the classrooms. “This is my favorite part of the day, meeting with the students,” Staloch confessed to Talon. Staloch also said he tries to learn all of the names of the school’s 412 students. He also knows the names of many of the 100 pre-schoolers enrolled at the elementary school.
Talon didn’t even get out of the principal’s office before his buddy Landon Olivo spotted him and gave him a friendly hug.
Talon and Mr. Staloch visited pre-schoolers, first graders, second graders, third graders and fourth graders, asking students what they thought the principal’s role really is.
Many of the students said the principal must make sure everybody is safe and does not get hurt. “He looks just like you,” a second grader told Mr. Staloch.