By GABRIELLA CRUZ-MARTÍNEZ
Second grader Cori Travis arrived at school on Tuesday morning dressed in a blazer and carrying a clipboard, ready to take on the halls of William H. Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., as the Principal for the Day.
Principal for a Day was one of the many incentives leading up to the school’s annual Walk-a-Thon fundraiser, which was celebrated on May 18. A number of students were automatically entered into the Principal for the Day raffle once they registered for the fundraising event online.
The school’s aims to raise $30,000 in order to install hire recess monitors from the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club this fall and purchase equipment to make recess a safer and better experience for Ray students.
According to Anne Renna, vice president of Friends of Ray Parent Teacher Organization, the second grader from Eleanor Sweeney’s class came more than prepared to make the most of her day as the school’s principal.
“Cori came dressed in a blazer and looked like a little version of Principal Megan Thole! She was really excited to start her day,” said Renna. “It’s a great opportunity for her to experience the role of a leader.”
According to Jackie Travis, Cori’s mother, Ray Elementary had scheduled a full day of very important tasks for Cori to fulfill as the new temporary principal. This included checking security cameras, making “rounds” by overseeing testing students, and popping into her class with Sweeney to see how things were going with her classmates.
“When I picked up Cori from school, I could tell how happy her day was,” said Jackie Travis. “Smiling from ear-to-ear, she told me her day was extraordinary! She went on to tell me about her using the walkie talkie, organizing books, and accompanying [Ray School Assistant Principal] Mrs. Gayle Harris-Neely as she made announcements for 7th and 8th graders.”
She added that of all the exciting events of the day, Travis said that checking the security cameras were her favorite.
“She ended her day with eating ice cream with Principal Thole,” said Jackie Travis.