It’s true. School principals will do almost anything to motive their students. They will kiss pigs, take a pie in the face, and even read books from the roof top of a school building. There is no limit to what a school principal will do if it improves educational opportunities for their students.
Dr. Tim Tilley of New Hope Elementary in Locust Grove took the words, “the sky’s the limit” to a literal level on Sunday. The Henry County principal started the school year of flying high both on student fundraising efforts and physically by leaping from a plane thousands of feet in the air. Tilley told his students last year that he would skydive if they raised a total of $22,500 for the school’s Knights on the Run Fundraiser. The Fundraiser was part of the PTO’s efforts to support school needs. New Hope students decided they really wanted to see if their principal would keep his word. They also really wanted to see him get “a bird’s-eye view of Georgia.”
So once the goal was reached, there was only the matter of, “What day are you jumping Dr. Tilley?” If a fear of heights was a factor, Tim Tilley did not let that stop him for keeping his promise to his 700 students. It was at the Skydive Spaceland in Rockmart, Georgia that Principal Tilley made his first ever jump from a plane.
District school officials says it is always a goal of educators to uncover ways to get students excited and teach them that, “nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it.” That is exactly what Dr. Tilley did with his Sunday skydiving promise kept.
With his feet firmly planted back on the ground, Principal Tilley’s jump now serves as a spring board for next year’s fundraising campaign. It’s also an opportunity to talk to parents about the school’s new “leap” towards implementing Personalized Learning. Personalized Learning is a district-wide redesign which looks at making adjustments to how schools serve an ever-changing student body with individual learning styles.
New Hope Elementary is one of nine schools embarking on the exciting work this school year with plans to open as a Personalized Learning school in August of 2016. Parents can visit the school’s website to fill out a Personalized Learning Survey.
Parents and the community are also invited to learn more about Personalized Learning in the Henry County School System during an informational session scheduled for Thursday, August 20 in the New Hope Elementary School’s cafeteria from 6:30 to 6:50 P.M. It will also be an opportunity to view a video of Dr. Tilley’s skydiving experience.