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Martinez Middle students hit fundraising goal, principal slimed

LUTZ — To invigorate fundraising for a Martinez Middle School construction project, principal Dallas Jackson issued a challenge.

Students far exceeded his goal, raising nearly three times more than any other effort in the school’s 10-year history. And recently they exacted their unique reward.

“I thought they’d fall short,” Jackson said at a reward party in the school cafeteria for the 300 students who sold the most Martinez Discount Cards. Dressed in a plastic jumpsuit, goggles and cap, Jackson was prepared to “be slimed.” On the white protective attire, Jackson wrote, “Wow, you raised $30,000.”

Jordyn Schramm, 12, led the pack, selling 18 of the $20 cards offering discounts at 27 area businesses. “I went to all of my friends and family members, put a big smile on my face and asked if they’d help my school,” she said of her sales tactic. As top seller for both the seventh grade and the school, she received gifts totaling $250.

But the reward for most students was the fate awaiting Jackson, who since issuing his fundraising challenge has been promoted to a school district post.

“I came back to keep my promise of getting slimed, Nickelodeon style,” he told the boisterous crowd as teachers for the two top-selling homerooms waited on an overhead walkway, ready to dump green goo onto Jackson in the courtyard below.

The fundraising campaign was a cooperative effort of students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community, said Charmane Delbrocco and Terri Ansel, PTSA co-chairs of the project. Coupled with PTSA and Hillsborough County Schools funds, the event will provide a second covered walkway for the campus. Avoiding the “traffic jam” as 1,050 students try to travel the sole covered walk while changing classes on a rainy day is worse, said Schramm: “You get soaked and your shoes get all wet.”

That’s nothing compared to Jackson’s plight. Covered with slime, he was still all smiles, encouraging it become tradition. “I’m hoping they slime the new principal next year,” he said.

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