Principal Swanson presides over W.A. Wright; for a day!

Even though he had some pretty tough decisions to make, Joseph Swanson could not keep the grin off his face all day Friday. That smile might have had something to do with his official title that day, and, the fact he didn't have to attend a single class.  Swanson won the lofty ...
Feb 5, 2013
 Photo: LAURIE EVERETT • MT. JULIET NEWS

Joseph Swanson takes charge Friday when he was Principal for the Day. 

Even though he had some pretty tough decisions to make, Joseph Swanson could not keep the grin off his face all day Friday.

That smile might have had something to do with his official title that day, and, the fact he didn't have to attend a single class. 

Swanson won the lofty role as "Principal for the Day," at W.A. Wright Elementary. He received the honor for raising the most amount of money at the school's recent "Fun Run" fundraiser. He raised $700.

"I think it was like billions of dollars for the school," he said, while monitoring the second grade hallway.

Swanson, 6, is a first grader at the school. That is, except for Friday.

"He had to make some tough decisions," said school secretary Sherrie Hyder.

She said the entire administrative staff had a "blast" working under the guidance of Swanson for the day.

"He is so funny and articulate," she said. 

His first decision was to determine if it was too cold for recess.

"I decided it was too cold and I cancelled recess," he said. "But, everyone was able to stay inside their classrooms and play games!"

He said the cafeteria staff consulted him when they ran out of chicken nuggets.

"I called another school and asked if we could borrow some," said the temporary principal.

He checked on attendance and made several announcements over the intercom.

"But the best thing was previewing some video games for the classrooms," said Swanson.

He said he was the first one to play them, for the specific purpose of grading them.

"Some were good and some were bad," he noted. 

A principal perk was eating pizza with the staff, in Jill Giles' office.

"She's the real principal," he whispered.

Johnson said she could not have left her duties in better hands.

"I think I might have learned a thing or two from him," she said as she smiled at him and handed him an itinerary.

When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, Swanson's answer was emphatic.

"A principal," he said. 

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