Headmaster doesn't eat his words

Bill and Kitty Pevey took eating lunch to a higher plane -- the roof.

Curtis Baptist School Headmaster Bill Pevey pulls a chair out for his wife, Kitty, before they have lunch on the roof of the school. 
  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Curtis Baptist School Headmaster Bill Pevey pulls a chair out for his wife, Kitty, before they have lunch on the roof of the school.

On Feb. 4, the couple ate lunch on the roof of Curtis Baptist School, fulfilling Bill Pevey's challenge to the pupils.

"I volunteered to eat lunch on the roof," said Bill, the school's headmaster. "We do what's called Accelerated Reader, which is a program to encourage our younger elementary kids to read. So we wanted to come up with a challenge."

The challenge was for the kindergarten through fourth grades to reach 3,200 points by April.

Kindergarten and first-grade pupils earned Pevey points when their parents read to them because those grade levels aren't included in the program. In early December, they met and exceeded the goal by 500 points, he said.

"I'm excited they did it," he said. "That's the whole point of it -- to get the kids excited about reading. That's kind of a lost art now, so it was good to get the kids to get back into reading books."

Dressed in formal attire, Pevey and his wife, a second-grade teacher at the school, were lifted to the roof by an Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department truck as pupils waved and cheered.

Once on the roof, a decorated table with a candelabrum, a steak, Caesar salad and violin music from Stephanie Miller, the school's music and Spanish teacher, awaited them.

The meal was donated by the Chop House, and the candelabrum was donated by Ranco Tent Rentals.

It was the first time the school has had such an activity. Now, with that challenge met, Pevey is open to other challenges if they encourage the pupils, he said.

"Why not? It's fun," he said. "As long as we can maintain who we are as a school, we'll continue to do it and have fun doing it."


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