George Nettels Elementary School Principal Andy Gottlob spent Tuesday working on the school’s roof. Perched at a desk at intervals throughout the blustery day, Gottlob worked on his laptop, checking his e-mail and performing other administrative tasks.

George Nettels Elementary School Principal Andy Gottlob spent Tuesday working on the school’s roof. Perched at a desk at intervals throughout the blustery day, Gottlob worked on his laptop, checking his e-mail and performing other administrative tasks.

Gottlob worked on the roof as part of a promise he made to his students: If they could raise at least $500 for the United Way, he would brave the wind, the tar and the shingles for an entire day.

“The district is raising money for the United Way, and the teachers thought it would be a cool way to get the kids involved,” Gottlob said. “I told them if they could raise the money, I’d spend my day up here.”

With the students watching behind him and clad in cowboy boots and hat, Gottlob climbed a ladder and hoisted up the desk and his computer.
“When they come out for recess they get to see me up here working,” Gottlob said. “They’ve been pretty excited about that.”

Other schools have been raising money for United Way. Meadowlark Elementary, for instance, hosted a sock hop for its students while teachers measured the amount of change they brought in. They collected a total of 139 pounds of change.

That kind of enthusiasm and participation is what Gottlob said he likes to see from his students.

“United Way is great organization, and our community is great at helping each other out,” Gottlob said. “Instilling those values in our children is important, so it’s worth it for me to work up here...even if it is a tad bit windy.”

Gottlob said the students were having a great time watching him do his daily tasks.

“When they come out for recess they’ve been trying to kick the balls up on the roof to me and waving and saying hi,” Gottlob said.