A shave and a peck from a pig for WVES Principal Kirk Gibbons

Mr. Gibbons makes good when kids achieve reading goals at West Villages Elementary School
West Villages Elementary School Principal Kirk Gibbons getting a very public haircut Friday. Still from David G. Curran video.

If nothing else, Friday was a unique day for West Villages Elementary School Principal Kirk Gibbons. In addition to his usual daily duties, Mr. Gibbons got himself a head shaving and gave a peck to a pig.

Mr. Gibbons's somewhat odd behavior was due to a bet he made with the students at the kick-off of the annual WVES Read-A-Thon at the Marstons Mills elementary school. If the students read more than 68,000 minutes combined, Mr. Gibbons would hold a special assembly and shave his head. If they hit 75,000 minutes, we would kiss a pig.

Done and done.

According to a shorn Mr. Gibbons at the assembly on Friday, the kids almost doubled their numbers from last year, going from 73,000 to 132,000.

"I'm proud of them and I'm glad that they are able to get the message not only that reading is a good time, but that setting goals and accomplishing them is exciting," said a "lighter"-feeling Mr. Gibbons at the assembly.

(Video by David G. Curran.)

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