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Stevens Point principal goes pink

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Stevens Point (WAOW) -- Students at St. Stephen's School in Stevens Point were in for a real surprise. Their principal got a new do.

“He looks interesting,” said fourth grader Zoe Sell.

“It's kinda wacky,” said classmate Jacob Schroeder.

Gregg Hansel, the principal at St. Stephen's, died his hair pink, and his beard orange.

But, why?

“We had to read books. Each book had a certain number of points and when we got to 10,000 he had to die his hair,” explained Sell.

"They asked me if I would do that and I said sure, thinking they would never make it because we set the bar so high," explained Hansel.

But, the students kept reading.

“And they kept reading, and kept reading, and kept reading,” added Hansel. “I knew we were on the right track when those students who struggle with reading would see me in the hallway and hold books, shaking them at me, and say Mr. Hansel your hair is changing."

Pretty soon they'd reached their goal. So, Hansel started spraying and he unveiled his new look to the fourth graders who made it happen.

“Now we can see him roaming around the school, and St. Stan's, if he goes there, his hair would be different colors,” joked Schoeder.

Colors these students call success.

“I was glad we reached our goal!" said Sell.

The students have one more challenge in front of them. If they read just a couple more books Hansel says he'll sleep on the roof of the school for one night. Hopefully it's warm that day.

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