Watch Fox Lake principal's latest challenge: 'Old Town Road'

  • Stanton Middle School art teacher Lemar Wilson, left, and Principal Jeff Sefcik take to the stage Thursday to perform "Old Town Road" as a reward for students at the Fox Lake school who topped a Day of Service fundraising goal.

      Stanton Middle School art teacher Lemar Wilson, left, and Principal Jeff Sefcik take to the stage Thursday to perform "Old Town Road" as a reward for students at the Fox Lake school who topped a Day of Service fundraising goal. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Stanton Middle School students enjoy the "Old Town Road" performance by art teacher Lemar Wilson and Principal Jeff Sefcik Thursday at the school in Fox Lake. The performance was part of the Principal's Challenge to thank the students for raising $40,000.

      Stanton Middle School students enjoy the "Old Town Road" performance by art teacher Lemar Wilson and Principal Jeff Sefcik Thursday at the school in Fox Lake. The performance was part of the Principal's Challenge to thank the students for raising $40,000. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 10/24/2019 8:06 PM

Principal Jeff Sefcik has dressed like Elsa from the Disney movie "Frozen," has been taped to a wall, and has worn a unicorn costume while singing and dancing for his students at Stanton Middle School in Fox Lake.

His antics are for fun, but they also have a purpose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Now in its fifth year, the Principal's Challenge at Stanton has Sefcik agreeing to do something off the wall if students reach their fundraising goal for the school's annual Day of Service event.

Students surpassed their $30,000 goal this year by $10,000, and so Sefcik and art teacher Lemar Wilson took to the stage Thursday to perform the crossover hit "Old Town Road" by Lil Nan X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Students sought donors to sponsor their involvement in a service project, which took place in September. Locations included American Legion Post 703, YMCA Camp Duncan, Camp Henry Horner, Feed My Starving Children, Grant Township's Fall Fest, local fire and police stations, and Grant Community High School.

Money raised will be used for educational assemblies, field trips, family events, athletic scholarships, Earth Week activities, school dances, the Lotus and Stanton school libraries, Book Buddies and a mentor program, district officials say.

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