Principal skydives in exchange for reading

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A Thornapple-Kellogg elementary school principal Wednesday lived up to a bargain struck with his students by jumping out of an airplane.

Page Elementary Principal Michael Gelmi promised he would go skydiving if his students read 860 in two months. They read 862.

So Wedensday afternoon, Gelmi took the plunge.

Page Elementary Principal Michael Gelmi's student congratulate him after he skydives. (May 21, 2014)
(Principal Michael Gelmi’s students congratulate him after his skydive. May 21, 2014)

“This is just the best,” he said. “To have them read 862 books in two months, that’s about two books a student, and that’s just an amazing feat.”

Gelmi told 24 Hour News 8 he makes a bet with his students, promising he’ll do something unusual if they meet their reading goal. This year, a parent suggested a free skydive and Gelmi took the offer.

Gelmi spoke to 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday about why he agreed to make the jump. Watch that interview below via YouTube:

Page Elementary Principal Michael Gelmi's students wait for him to skydive. (May 21, 2014)Page Elementary Principal Michael Gelmi's students wait for him to skydive. (May 21, 2014)

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