Elf on … the roof? Ohio principal dresses up, sits on lofty ‘shelf’ to surprise students

by: Cynthia Rosi, Digital Multi Media Journalist and Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Dec 18, 2020 / 7:28 am CST
Updated: December 18, 2020 / 7:28 am CST

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WCMH) – Children at an elementary school in Ohio had a surprise when their headmaster dressed up as an elf and stood on a very tall shelf: the school roof.

Andy Heck, headmaster at Cherrington Elementary School at Westerville Schools, disguised as The Elf on the Shelf and poses on the canopy of the school entrance. With the recent snowfall, his outfit created the perfect winter scene.

“Some of the parents and students, teachers and staff, encouraged me to have a little fun to end the year,” said Mr. Heck.

Elf on the Shelf is looking a little different in some households this year

The roof wasn’t the only appearance of the elf. Mr. Heck appeared in classrooms and in the cafeteria to make the school day a little fun.

“One of the students said to me, ‘Is Mr. Heck trying to be an Elf, or is an Elf trying to be Mr. Heck? ‘That was pretty deep,’ he said.

Mr. Heck dresses up for the children once or twice a year, he says, usually as an incentive for a fundraiser or to achieve a specific goal. “I was Woody from Toy Story, Batman, Spiderman.”

As an elf, Mr. Heck can recite the food groups from the film Elf: sweets, candy canes, sweet corn and syrup.

“I had enough candy today to last me for the rest of the year,” he laughed.

But all elves and children know that you have to eat the food groups every day to make them count.

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