NPC 17 Set To Kick Off With Playground Building And A 5K
Thousands of Principal’s, Administrators, Superintendent and Technology Directors will converge on Philadelphia this weekend for the National Principal’s Conference. It’s the first joint conference venture between the National Association of Elementary School Principal’s and the National Association of Secondary School Principal’s. Previously, each organization held their own conference.
When you think Principal’s conference your first thought may be of buttoned up men and women in suits, ties, jackets and blouses. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Not just because today’s principal’s are a lot different than their counterparts from the 80’s and 90’s, but also because the conference kicks off with some real roll up your sleeves and get involved work.
While the conference officially kicks off Sunday, hundreds of Principals will arrive a day earlier to go to work. Those principals will come together Sat., July 8 to build a playground at Stonehurst Hills Elementary School in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. This is the ninth year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has partnered with Landscape Structures to donate and build a playground at a deserving elementary school. This year, principals representing the National Association of Secondary School Principals are joining in the service day, as a component of the jointly presented 2017 National Principals Conference, held July 9-11 in Philadelphia.
The playground is valued at $30,000 and features the new GeoPlex™ climbing panels in addition to various ground-level climbers, overhead ladders, and bridges and balancing activities. The playground is ADA compliant and was designed to welcome children of all abilities. In addition to building the playground, principal volunteers will do landscaping, painting, and other beautification projects at the school.
Then, those principals that can still stand on Sunday morning will participate in the Principal’s 5K Fun Run and Walk. The run/walk wills start Sunday morning at 7am. LifeTouch, the school portrait people, will be on hand to take pictures of the principals as they make their way up the steps made infamous in the original Rocky movie. Proceeds from the fun run/walk will go to the Pennsylvania Leadership Educational Foundation.
Find out more about the National Principal’s Conference here.