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Enders Road principal turned pupil for a day

Enders Road students, motivated by the chance to have their principal become a student for a day, raised a record amount of money for cancer research.

Students brought in $4,000 worth of loose change in March. That's more than quadruple the amount raised during last year's Pennies for Patients campaign.

Enders Principal Deborah Capri said she offers a prize each year to motivate students to donate. Last year, the entire school won a pajama day. The previous year, Capri kissed a pig.

This year, the prize was Capri spending April 13 as a student with the two classes that raised the most money. It must have hit a nerve, she said.

"I think they were very excited to see their principal in school that day," she said.

Capri started the day by riding the bus to school. She spent the morning in teacher Amy Riemenschneider's third-grade class. Capri participated in classroom routines, did math and wrote a poem outside.

"I wrote a poem about being nervous, because I was nervous being a new student," she said. "They made me read it out loud in front of the class."

After socializing with students at lunch and recess, Capri joined teacher Sean McIntosh's class. She participated in the first-grade Kids Count Fair, where she showcased her hobby of playing tennis. She went to music class, and she did her math homework for the next day. Then, she rode the bus home again.

"Our kids work very hard during the day," Capri said. "By 11 a.m., I was already asking if it was snack time yet, because I was tired and hungry.

"It was really fun," she said, "but I have to say it had to be one of the most exhausting days of my career."

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