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  • Blackhawks fan Vincenzo Pellegrino, left, a fifth-grader at Gilberts Elementary School, won a bet with Principal Craig Zieleniewski, a Red Wings fan, as to who would win the Stanley Cup. Pellegrino's prize? To be principal for a day.

      Blackhawks fan Vincenzo Pellegrino, left, a fifth-grader at Gilberts Elementary School, won a bet with Principal Craig Zieleniewski, a Red Wings fan, as to who would win the Stanley Cup. Pellegrino's prize? To be principal for a day.
    Courtesy of Gilberts Elementary School

  • "Principal for a day" Vincenzo Pellegrino, a Gilberts Elementary student, on the job doing paperwork.

      "Principal for a day" Vincenzo Pellegrino, a Gilberts Elementary student, on the job doing paperwork.
    Courtesy of Gilberts Elementary School

 
By Craig Zieleniewski
Principal, Gilberts Elementary

Last year, in the heat of the National Hockey League playoffs, Gilberts Elementary fifth-grader Vincenzo Pellegrino and I made a bet during his lunch hour. Being from Detroit, I took the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup, and Vincenzo took the Blackhawks. The bet was detention or principal for a day. Unfortunately for me, the Blackhawks won and Vincenzo has a good memory. I cleared it with his teacher and his parents, so on Friday, Oct. 4, he served as principal for the day. His duties included: greeting students with me in the morning, doing the announcements, visiting classrooms, monitoring lunch/recess, doing his paperwork, a special lunch, giving his class a treat, and so on. He did an awesome job.

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