“Slime Mr. Dodson, slime Mr. Dodson, slime Mr. Dodson,” went the chant of hundreds of elementary school children on Friday in the Williams Ledger Elementary school yard.
Determined to see this day, third-grade students read more than half the school’s goal in books — some 1,500-plus stories as part of a Read Across Campaign. Their reward: a chance to see vice principals Daniel Dodson bathed in homemade slime and Billie Diaz duct-taped to a table for two hours.
Students duct-taped Diaz themselves in the school cafeteria, where she was photographed with each grade.
“The first idea was to dye my hair pink, but the duct-tape idea won,” Diaz said. “It was exciting to see the kids have fun with it. I think I’ll put the tape up in my office. Although I probably should have opted for the slime, because Daniel probably gets to go home and change.”
Within minutes of Diaz being freed from her taped cage, students gathered for the finale. As teachers prepared the dish soap and baking soda concoction, Dodson ran up and down taunting students until a fever pitch echo of voices demanded his demise.
Emily Hicks, 8, said it was way cool watching Dodson turn all green.
“It was so funny, He was slimed all over his face and body,” said Emily, giggling. “I’m going to read more next year to see that again.”
When Dodson caught up with Diaz and rubbed the green gooey sludge on her pink sweater, students went wild.
First-time teacher Ann Marie Campbell stood on the sidelines with several parents of the Parent-Teacher Association.
“Now that’s what I call going all in it for the kids,” Campbell said.
Parent-Teacher Association president Eric Hall and his wife, Kecia, said they’d come to school only for lunch and didn’t know about the event but were glad they didn’t miss it.
The school read 3,093 books, more than the goal set for the campaign, said Christen Stevens, who coordinated the reading challenge.
“We need to set out goals higher next year,” she said.
Dodson agreed, but said sliming him again would take some convincing.
“This stuff tastes so good,” said Dodson, squinting behind the goggles he donned to protect his eyes. “It tastes like my mother washed my mouth out with soap.”
Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald