by ANA OLVERA
A port-a-potty was stationed in front of Roguewood Elementary in Rockford on October 15. This all came about when Principal Michael Hibbeln told Roguewood Elementary students that if they met their fundraising goal he would do something wacky in return. The cause was to raise money for the school’s PTO by doing a walk. The school’s PTO funds transportation for field trips, after-school programs, start-up costs for teachers, and books for the library, among other things. One night while brainstorming ideas, Hibbeln’s two children suggested spending a day in a port-a-potty. He figured it would be a great idea. “They (kids) avoid them (port-a-potties) like the plague,” Hibbeln joked. The idea was a gimmick to help motivate students to collect pledges. Students actually met and rose over their $20,000 goal. Hibbeln stayed in the port-a-potty from 8:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. He spent the day reading, listening to a radio, and doing paperwork. When students met their goal last year, Hibblen sat in the school’s trophy case. He has yet to come up with any ideas for next year.