St. Peter School Principal Makes Good on Bet, Gets ‘Pink Makeover’

June 03, 2011

During the 2009-2010 school year, the students of St. Peter School in Waldorf read 2,300 books. J.R. West, principal of St. Peter School, wanted to see that number climb. So at the beginning of this school year, Mr. West challenged his students to read 4,000 books—with an outrageous incentive. He promised to shave his hair into a Mohawk and paint it pink. Motivated to see their former Marine principal sporting a pink Mohawk, the students took up the challenge.

As the school year draws to a close, the goal has been met! Join J.R. West and Deacon Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, for this extreme make-over event.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
2:30 p.m.
St. Peter School
3310 St. Peter’s Drive
Waldorf, MD

“What a wonderful achievement for the students.” Deacon Bert L’Homme. “This illustrates the kind of creative educating that makes our schools so great.”

St. Peter School, located in Waldorf in Charles County, is home to more than 230 Pre-K through eighth grade students this year. That means each student read an average of 17 books.

Mr. West has been a good sport about the whole event and hopes his bet will encourage students to read on their own, all year round.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves nearly 30,000 students in 98 schools in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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