Students in a fourth-grade class duct-taped principal Greg Hennes to a wall at J.W. Reason Elementary School during lunch Dec. 17.

Students in a fourth-grade class duct-taped principal Greg Hennes to a wall at J.W. Reason Elementary School during lunch Dec. 17.

It wasn't a class revolt. Rather, duct-taping their principal was a reward for the class, which brought in the most cans of food during a school-wide food drive.

"We set a goal to have 1,000 cans or food products brought in," Hennes said. "They actually exceeded the amount that we set for the goal. They did a great job."

J.W. Reason's food drive began after Thanksgiving, and a letter was sent to the students' parents. There were also reminders through classroom newsletters. Each class had a box or basket to collect the items.

The school has had other canned food drives and fundraising efforts during the year, but the duct-taping incentive was a first for the school and no doubt helped surpass the school's goal, Hennes said.

"It was a lot of fun, and I know our fourth-grade team took the information from their classes as far as the number of cans and started building graphs with it," Hennes said.

There was also a school-wide graph, with each classroom's numbers updated so the other classes could see where they were in relation to each other.

The Hilliard Food Pantry will pick up the 1,800-plus cans of food the students collected, Hennes said.

"It's benefiting the entire Hilliard community," Hennes said. "It's an excellent feeling, because you're teaching them a life lesson as far as helping other people out, just a simple thing as bringing in canned goods."

Liz Deskins, library media specialist at J.W. Reason, said that in addition to duct-taping their principal, the winning class got to wear their hats indoors.

"I was blown away when I walked in and saw the sheer volume (of cans)," Deskins said. "I was thinking we'll have three or four boxes. I think we have 395 students, and they brought over 1,800 cans. That's amazing."