The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Danville News

June 10, 2014

6 years of reading, 1 Mohawk for Principal Bickhart

DANVILLE — Six and a half school years worth of reading for one Mohawk.

That’s the deal John Bickhart, principal of Danville Primary School, made to his students back in October. By Bickhart’s calculations, there are approximately 75,000 minutes in a school year, and his challenge to the schools more than 500 students was to read 500,000 minutes worth of reading by the end of the school year, or a little over six and a half school years. If they met that goal, he would have his hair shaved into a Mohawk the last week of school.

While the students only cracked 450,000 minutes of reading — or about six school years — Bickhart was so impressed with their efforts he decided to go ahead with the shave.

With the students gathered in the school cafeteria at 2 p.m., Monday, Bickhart made them promise to all work together to read the last 50,000 minutes over the next few days before he put his head under the barber’s razor. If each student reads 20 minutes a night for the next four nights, that goal will be met, he told them.

Kids clapped and cheered as Bickhart had his hair cut and styled by Wally Kerstetter, of Sunbury’s U.S. Male and American Lady hair salon.

“I never did this in front of an audience,” Kerstetter said. The barber added orange and purple dye to Bickhart’s remaining streak of hair, to the thrill of the audience.

Among the applauding students were several teachers and even administrators from other buildings, including district Superintendent Cheryl Latorre.

When the shave was completed, Bickhart realized he didn’t have a mirror with him. “I don’t even know what I look like,” he told the crowd.

However, he thought it would only be fair for another staff member to join him in getting a trim, which is when school intervention specialist Jesse Reibsome was brought up to also get his head shaved. Reibson also got the orange and purple hair-dye treatment, with students wildly chanting his name during the whole process.

“We’re extremely proud of the work you put into this,” a newly-shaved Bickhart told his students. However, they can’t stop reading after today, he said, as the students should keep reading throughout the summer and their school career.

If parents want to reward the students for their accomplishment, Bickhart recommended they make a contribution to the charity Heart to Hand Ministries, run by local musician Woody Wolfe.

“Woody Wolfe is a great friend of the Danville Primary School. He is a product of the Danville Area School District and constantly gives back to our school,” Bickhart said

Donations can be made at www.HeartToHandMinistries.com.

Email comments to rstoneback@thedanvillenews.com.

1
Text Only
The Danville News
  • Liberty Township man’s sign aimed at police chief

    DANVILLE — A Liberty Township man was cited for harassment for placing a sign calling Mahoning Township’s police chief “brain dead and hell bound.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Geisinger, Highmark extend contract

    DANVILLE — A five-year extension of the contract between Geisinger Health System and Highmark Inc. won’t be affected by a dispute last year over Highmark allegedly undervaluing Geisinger’s health plan and charging certain plan holders more for care at Geisinger facilities.

    July 25, 2014

  • Commissioners commend Mayberry leader Bird

    MAYBERRY TWP. — Montour County’s commissioners sat around an oak kitchen table.

    July 25, 2014

  • Second show added Sunday

    DANVILLE – Due to a sold-out show July 25, a second performance has been added for Coyla Bartholomew, 10, of Danville.

    July 25, 2014

  • xclinic25.jpg SPCA vaccine clinic a hit with pets, owners

    COOPER TWP. — Desiree Hess thought a low-cost vaccine clinic was a great idea.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Budd fundraising run to pass Geisinger

    MILTON — It’s “kickstands up” tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. from LT’s Tavern on Route 405 in Milton where hundreds of motorcycles will take off on a run to raise funds for the Budds, the Ohio family whose matriarch, Sharon, recovers at Geisinger Medical Center from grave injuries suffered in a rock-throwing incident two weeks ago.

    July 25, 2014

  • Police set up heroin purchase

    MAHONING TWP. — A New York man has been arrested after attempting to sell $900 worth of heroin in Mahoning Township to police informants.

    July 25, 2014

  • Speeding, no lights, DUI charges filed

    VALLEY TWP. — A Turbotville man was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him for speeding and having no operating rear tail lights.

    July 25, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Danville Sports
  • Danville grad Gronsky signs with Cardinals organization

    JUPITER, Fla. — It’s been a whirlwind past couple of weeks for Jake Gronsky, and it’s about to get headier for the Danville High grad.

    July 22, 2014

  • xbandits22.jpg Bandits bound for Eastern World Series

    Most of them will be juniors or seniors when the fall scholastic year rolls around here in just a few short weeks, some are even in college already. But for a brief moment back on July 5, Danville Bandits manager Tony Fritz could’ve sworn he was staring at a bunch of Little League kids with the way his team was excited having earned a spot in the Stars and Stripes Salute 18U Tournament championship game.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Macmain.jpg H.S. baseball: 2014 Daily Item All-Stars

    Asked what was most responsible for Mac Ney’s success, his superb athletic ability or strong work ethic, Ryan Lentz pegged it a 60/40 split.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • boyslax16d.jpg High School Boys Lacrosse: Selinsgrove beats Danville to advance to district final

    There’s something to be said about old-time, rock ‘em, sock ‘em playoff hockey that gets famed commentator Don Cherry fired up.

    May 15, 2014 1 Photo