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Crestline Elementary Principal Jumps From Airplane On A Bet With Students


HARTSELLE, Ala (WHNT) – You’ve probably seen the stories about teachers of school administrators who sit atop the schoolhouse or kiss a pig in order to inspire their students. Well, the principal at one valley school has taken that effort to new heights. Literally!

Robin Varwig, the Principal at Hartselle’s Crestline Elementary School, told her students earlier this year if they were able to raise $5,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event, she’d jump out of a plane! They did, and she did!

With the help of Skydive Alabama, Ms. Varwig soared to a height of some 12,000 feet Monday morning and tandem jumped with instructor Paul Rossouw, landing safely on the athletic field right beside her school.

The students, who watched the entire event, were thrilled, chanting and cheering her all the way down.

Any paratrooper will tell you there are only two things that fall out of the sky. Add to that list a devoted educator willing to go to any length, or height, in order to inspire her students who, by the way, raised over $8,000 to help fight cancer.

Congratulations, well done!

— Al Whitaker

**All photos courtesy Skydive Alabama**

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Filed in: Decatur

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