PINES | Scott Braun didn't miss a beat greeting school children Tuesday morning despite spending the night on the roof of his school.
Braun, who's in his first year as principal at Pine Elementary School, did come down for shelter for about three hours early in the morning due to bad storms despite having a tent.
He only got about two hours sleep but after a shower and change of clothes was back on the roof for the start of school.
"I wanted to make sure I greeted every student into the building today from the roof," said Braun, who went back up around 6 a.m. then came down for good at 9 a.m.
His night on the roof was from all of the K-5 students meeting a fundraising challenge from Braun.
The students raised $5,000 from sponsors for reading 30 minutes every day in each classroom for two consecutive weeks.
"It really motivated the kids. They were really excited about it and raised the funds," said Braun.
The money is helping to purchase The Star Reading Program already used in schools like Crichfield Elementary in LaPorte.
Braun said the program helps monitor the reading of students so their literary needs are addressed more effectively, said Braun.
His roof got off to a festive start with him climbing a Pine Township Volunteer Fire Department ladder on the roof in front of all of the school children after class.
He then set up his tent and later had a pizza delivered using a bucket on a rope to raise the pie up to the roof.
Braun, 35, also had a projector and screen on the roof to watch movies, but his night got interrupted when storms began popping up on the radar.
"It was an enjoyable time. The look on the kids' faces -- that made it all worth it," said Braun, who previously worked as assistant principal at New Prairie Middle School.