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Just hanging out: Perham principal taped to wall after kids meet charity challenge

Heart of the Lakes Elementary School Principal Liz Johnson spent two hours taped to a wall of the school on Dec. 9, reading to kids as part of a reward for their recent charitable efforts.

Principal Liz Johnson holds out the book she read to students while taped to the wall on Thursday, Dec. 9. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)
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Perham kids were rewarded for their good deeds with quite the show last Thursday.

Heart of the Lakes Elementary School students recently collected 1,600 pairs of donated socks and underwear for people in need, exceeding their 'Socksgiving' goal of 1,500 pairs. And so, Principal Liz Johnson fulfilled her promise to be taped to the wall of a school hallway, where she read to them for two full hours.

Heart of the Lakes Principal Liz Johnson reads to students on the wall, her feet hanging off the floor. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

The kids were excited to see their principal taped to the wall, and ever since reaching their goal had been asking Johnson again and again when it would be happening. Johnson was excited, too, saying it would be a fun time.


Classes signed up for 10-minute time slots to listen and watch as Johnson shared stories from the wall. Students filed into the halls, whispering with excitement and watching in awe.

Elementary students watch and listen to the story Principal Liz Johnson read from the wall on Thursday morning. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

The next charitable effort in line for the school is a shoe drive , happening now through Dec. 22.

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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