Leul Samson: Principal for the Day

Trace Levos

CM1 student Leul Samson had the privilege of serving as the final Principal for the Day on Wednesday, March 21. Principal Samson was a dedicated worker and idea machine, and we managed to get a few minutes of his time to talk about his special day.

What has been your favorite part of the day so far?
I really liked signing the papers. I kind of found it fun. It had different stuff on each one and I just signed my name after reading it. I also liked speaking on the telephone. I gave an announcement to the whole school (over the intercom system) and said “I’m principal for a day and I’ll tell you what I’ll do later today. If you have ideas, please tell me.”
What was the hardest task you’ve completed today?
The playground one. I had to look at images of the playground and try to change it to renovate it. I thought up another playground that had more stuff to climb on. It was harder to climb and more fun.
How does it feel to be principal of your school?
It was fun. It was interesting. I didn’t expect to be able to sign a paper.
Is being Principal harder than you thought it would be?
Yes. I thought I wasn’t going to do much. I thought I would just talk a little.
What is it like working with Mr. Lopez and the other leaders at DIS?
We had to go to a meeting together and I showed them my ideas for the new playground. They said the ideas were really good but a little expensive. (laughs)
What advice would you give another student who gets to be Principal for the Day?
Don’t think it’s easy. I thought it was going to be a lot easier. But I’m glad it has been harder because I’ve learned a lot.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while serving as principal?
Be prepared for anything. A lot of people came to my office without me expecting it. So expect anything.
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