Catholic School Principal Gets Slimed

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When Holy Family Catholic School Principal Sarah Chevlin promised to get slimed if her school community raised $20,000 in pledges for their Read Across America Read-a-thon in February, who would have guessed she would be getting slimed on the school playground a month later!

Falcons (students) started gathering pledges for the online Read-a-thon on Saturday, Feb. 25, and funds began adding up quickly for the two-week Read-a-thon. The school met their goal of $20,000 – and they raised $9,000 more in pledges, with a total of $29,255! Prizes were awarded to classes and individual readers based on total pledge amount and number of books/minutes read. Then, the planning for “Slime Time” began, with no involvement or knowledge of the celebration by Mrs. Chevlin at all!

Reflecting on the success of this Read-a-thon, Mrs. Chevlin said, “of all the events and fundraising we have done over my 19-year history with this school, we have never raised this amount. Some think it has something to do with the opportunity to slime the principal – I find that hard to believe.”

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Principal Sarah Chevlin

A County Deputy Sheriff participated in the fun using her cruiser lights, sirens, and loudspeaker to summon Mrs. Chevlin outside to the playground where a pool, jugs of slime, and a specially designed slime dispenser were waiting for her…along with the entire school community (three preschool classes, kindergarten through 8th grade, Falcon families, Falcon alumni, parish staff, and parishioners), as well as Renee White, Assistant Superintendent with the Diocese of Arlington Office of Catholic Schools. Top Read-a-thon winners and select staff donned special slime t-shirts and helped with the sliming!

About Holy Family Catholic School

HFCS is an accredited, parochial school (Pre-K through 8) dedicated to promoting the established tradition of quality Catholic education in a Christ-centered community of faith. Working with the parents, the primary educators, the school strives to provide students with a welcoming, family environment where a love of learning is fostered and each child is nurtured to achieve their God-given potential. Holy Family Catholic School provides a diverse, Christ-centered environment where every child grows in wisdom, knowledge, and grace.


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