Maestra Orrego's dual immersion first-grade class, including (front
left) Edwin Chirinos and (front right) Tessa Hunter, are greeted with
a gift of bananas by Principal Judy Crates in a gorilla costume,
Thursday, September 8. Photo by Michelle Le.
Principal Judy Crates monkeys around for students at Castro School on Sept. 8. Photo by Michelle Le.
Castro Mariano School Principal Judy Crates takes a break from visiting classrooms in her gorilla costume, Thursday, September 8, 2011. Photo by Michelle Le
Dressed in a gorilla costume, Castro Mariano School Principal Judy Crates pulls a crate of bananas while visiting classrooms, Thursday, September 8, 2011. Photo by Michelle Le
Castro Mariano School Principal Judy Crates surprises students in a
gorilla costume, leading students in chanting "Castro, Castro,
Castro!" with fourth grade teacher (and former Stanford University
cheerleader) Vern Taylor on Thursday, September 8. Crates
fulfilled a promise to her students that if they read more books than
any other school in their district she would dress up like a gorilla.
Photo by Michelle Le.
Costumed in a gorilla outfit, Castro School Principal Judy Crates surprises students with a gift of bananas, Thursday, September 8, 2011. Photo by Michelle Le
Castro School's principal, Judy Crates, donned a full gorilla suit on Sept. 8 -- following through on a promise she made to her students last year.
She told her students at Castro that if they read more books over the summer than students at any other school in the Mountain View Whisman School District, she would go ape, almost literally.
"Well, it happened. So I did," Crates said, and with great results. "Truly, it was one of the highlights of my career."
Last week, Crates put on a gorilla costume she had tucked away in her closet and wheeled a cart of bananas around the campus, handing the yellow fruit out to students and congratulating them for reading 3,719 books over the summer.
Some children didn't know what to make of the scene, others were a bit scared and still others were absolutely ecstatic to see their normally reserved principal climb on the school roof in the hairy outfit. Crates said she had a blast.