WICHITA, Kan. -- A recent senior prank at a Kansas high school had nearly the whole graduating class involved.
At first, the principal was shocked. Now, he says he's grateful every time a student joins in on the prank.
For Wichita North High School senior Emily Jones, it started with an idea -- and a bucket. Jones wanted to do a different kind of senior prank for her principal Sherman Padgett: She wanted to show her appreciation for him.
"Last Wednesday we were going to do a hall march,” Padgett told KWCH. “Emily said -- she didn't say anything about why -- she just said, ‘Hold the bucket.’ And I'm not going to hold the bucket unless I have a little inkling of why it could be.”
But after a little added pressure, Padgett did hold the bucket.
Padgett then began walking around, and a student eventually walked up and dropped a note in the bucket.
From there, note after note of appreciation dropped in. Some shared funny memories, others special experiences. Others got even more personal: One reportedly read, "I remember when you helped me get through my eating disorder and helped me get into therapy.”
“It became a little emotional on some of them, I kind of read them and thought, ‘Man this is better than a paycheck.’ This is why I do the things that I do," Padgett told KWCH.
For Emily, the prank was all about thanking someone who's meant so much to her. As for the bucket, it's something Padgett will keep close for a while.