Leader Lockup: Principal Behind Bars

Editor’s Note:  Students in Mr. Key’s Language Arts class recently completed a newspaper story assignment in which they covered a story concerning life at Jefferson MS. Today’s story is the first in a series that we will reprint here.    Enjoy!

By Kestrel K.  

Thursday the 23 of August at around 12:30 pm, our principal, Ms. Pamela Meyer, was arrested.  She was taken to a hotel where she joined other people who were asked to participate in a fundraiser to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  They took their mug shots in jail clothing. Then, everyone was treated to lunch for their efforts.

Ms. Meyer stated “I chose to participate in the MDA Jailbird initiative because it helps raise awareness and fund for Muscular Dystrophy.”  Ms. Meyer chose to help this cause because she felt it was her duty as a leader in the community.

Ms. Meyer believes that, “we have to be good role models and contribute to causes greater than ourselves,” and that there is no better way to show the community what to do then by doing it.  Ms. Meyer is proud to represent Jefferson and the community this way, and stated “it’s actually been fun and competitive.”

When asked about her thoughts on Ms. Meyer going to jail, one student remarked, “she’s not actually going to jail. She’s going to a fancy hotel and eating lunch.”  Some people believed that it would have been more meaningful if Ms. Meyer had actually gone to jail.

Ms. Meyer said that the reason she chose to participate in this fundraiser was to collect money for the kids in the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), not so that she knew what was like to go to jail.

It turns out that her efforts were not in vain, because many people had no idea what the MDA was, until this fundraiser.  The student quoted above also stated that she “had only heard of it with her going to jail; I haven’t heard of it before.”  Now that Ms. Meyer has participated in this fundraiser, many more people know what the MDA is, and how to help.

The MDA is a nonprofit health agency, and it needs every ones help to stay up-and-running.  By donating to Ms. Meyer’s bail, we can help the kids that have Muscular Dystrophy go to summer camp next year and feel like they belong in a community. Already, Ms. Meyer has raised almost 500 dollars.  This money is then deposited in a Jefferson account.  Once the grand total has been collected, a check is made out to the MDA.  You can donate to this cause by donating money on line, or by cash or check. Ms. Meyer and the MDA greatly appreciate every dollar given.


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