Rooftop camp out on Plainville High School helps hurricane relief

Plainville High School's administrators camped out on the school's roof to reward students for contributing to hurricane relief efforts. (WFSB)

School administrators in Plainville are rewarding their students for raising money to help with ongoing hurricane relief efforts.

The students spent Thursday night into Friday morning camping out on the roof of Plainville High School. They greeted their fellow students as they walked in for the last day of spirit week.

The whole thing was part of an effort to aid the people affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

The Connecticut Association of Schools challenged districts across the state to raise funds for storm victims. The hope is that in all, it will raise $300,000.

Plainville High School Principal Roberto Medic told Channel 3 that his staff decided to have a little fun with it. Medic said if $500 were raised, he and the school's athletic director would camp out overnight. For $750, the assistant principals would be included.

In total, they raised $2,500 and Superintendent Dr. Maureen Brummett joined the students on Thursday night. The administrators were up there with chairs, coats, and hats to keep warm during the overnight hours, which saw temperatures in the low 50s.

"Somewhere between one or two, I think I finally got to sleep and got three or four hours in and woke up this morning, little soaked from the dew," Medic said. "But ready for a fun day with the kids."

Brummett had breakfast for the staff. Students told Eyewitness News they wanted to help in any way they can.

"It was a great incentive for the hurricane relief fundraiser," Abby Leander, who is a senior at Plainville High School, said. "It really got kids motivated to donate money so it was funny to think of them sleeping on the roof."

Students, who wore t-shirts that read 'Bleed Blue,' entered school for the final day of spirit week and were greeted by fellow classmates on the roof of the building.

"It's great they're all out now and everyone's like, 'oh we get our own,'" Plainville High School Athletic Director Chris Farrell said.

There will be a homecoming parade near the Plainville High School at 5 p.m. followed by the homecoming game against RHAM High School at 6:30 p.m. There's also the homecoming dance on Saturday night.

Funds will continue to be collected through Friday. If you would like donate to those impacted by these recent hurricanes, funds are being collected at Plainville Schools. People could also donate at this evening's athletic events.

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