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Chambersburg Community Members Are "Principals for a Day"

"I hope they get a appreciation for our kids and our teachers and the ability of our kids, the diversity of our kids and what they have to offer the community," said Brian Zimmerman, Assistant Principal at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.- Across Chambersburg Area District Schools, principals got some extra help on Friday. That's because some members of the community were given the chance to be in charge for the day. And it's all part of a new initiative to give the community a better understanding of how the school system works.

The "Principal for a Day" program is a nationwide initiative but this is the first time Chambersburg Schools are participating.

"I hope they get a appreciation for our kids and our teachers and the ability of our kids, the diversity of our kids and what they have to offer the community," said Brian Zimmerman, Assistant Principal at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

There are 20 community shadows participating in the "Principal for a Day" program. School officials hope this gives the community a chance to see what really goes on in the school system.

"Increase that understanding, increase that communication with the community to just help everyone see what we do to help kids daily," said Zimmerman.

"We don't hear about the things that are good that our schools have given our kids and how it's preparing to go out and become members, important members of this community and this country," said Chambersburg Mayor Pete Lagiovane, "Principal for a Day" shadow.

After following the administrators, community shadows hope this effort continues in the future.

"And I'd like to see this kind of thing continue because it opens up any kind of misunderstanding to conversations and it opens up a dialog with our schools which is exceedingly important," says Carolyn Perkins, VP for Student Development at Wilson College and "Principal for a Day" shadow.

School District officials say they're planning for another "Principal for a Day" program during the spring semester.
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