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Piñon Hills raises funds, has ‘Pokemon Go’ fun

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Pinon Hills Elementary School students gather around their principal, Jason Reid, during a reality "Pokemon Go" game.
Nyls Rothfusz / Pinon Hills Elementary School |

Students at Piñon Hills Elementary School came up with a unique response when asked to name an incentive to pursue a goal of raising more than $20,000 in the school’s recent walk-a-thon fundraiser.

They wanted a reality “Pokemon Go” game. Specifically, they wanted Principal Jason Reid to dress up as Pikachu so they could find him as their reward for achieving the goal in the annual walk-a-thon event organized by the Parent Teacher Organization.

Mission accomplished. They met the goal to raise funds for the school to support science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. And their principal fulfilled his promise for reality “Pokemon Go.” Reid coordinated with PE teacher Nyls Rothfusz to take the students Pikachu hunting during their PE classes.

All 15 P.E. classes over the course of two days got the opportunity to participate in Pikachu hunting. Once Pikachu was found by each class they then threw Pokeballs at him.

And Reid couldn’t have been happier.

“Mr. Rothfusz was very wonderful to facilitate students finding Pikachu (and) our students had an amazing time finding Pikachu and throwing PokeBalls at him,” he said.

Then again, Reid has been known to fillfull incentives for his students. Among other things, two years ago the principal was duct-taped to a wall during a school assembly while 22 students threw whip cream pies at him as part of the school’s “Reading Counts” program to reach a prescribed goal during the month.

As for the recent achievement, Reid pointed out that his students asked if they could do it again sometime.

“Our walk-a-thon is always a very unifying event with incredible community support and parent volunteers who make it so memorable for our students,” he said.

The school staff expressed its appreciation to the local sponsors of the walk-a-thon as well as support from parents in raising funds “to enhance and enrich the learning experience we are able to provide” at the school.