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Friendly school wager settled with duct tape
Settles Bridge fundraiser benefits March of Dimes
Teacher Amy Hockenberry leads Settles Bridge Elementary School students in a chant for the University of Georgia as Assistant Principal Mark Graves awaits his duct tape fate. - photo by Jennifer Sami

SOUTH FORSYTH — To raise money for the March of Dimes, Settles Bridge Elementary School Assistant Principal Mark Graves and teacher Amy Hockenberry placed a friendly wager.

Graves maintained that his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, would be just as popular as Hockenberry’s, the University of Georgia, during the school’s fundraiser.

The two sold foot-long strips of college-themed duct tape for $1.10 to the students, faculty and parents, raising more than $500 for the March of Dimes.

Students then could choose which school’s duct tape they wanted to buy. In the end, only enough Tennessee duct tape was sold to make a skirt, similar to a football flag, for Hockenberry to wear.

Graves, on the other hand, was covered in enough UGA duct tape to secure him to a cafeteria table, much to the students’ delight as they looked on during lunch March 28.