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Eighth-Grader Tries His Hand At Being Iona Prep Principal For A Day

8th Grader Connor Breen of Scarsdale handed out ice cream treats as part of his duties while taking part in “Principal for a Day” at Iona Prep. Photo Credit: Contributed
8th Grader Connor Breen of Scarsdale tries his hand at being “Principal for a Day” Photo Credit: Contributed
8th Grader Connor Breen of Scarsdale works as principal for a day. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Connor Breen of Scarsdale, learned firsthand recently that It's not always easy being "the boss" or even "the principal" for a day.

The eighth-grade student at Iona Preparatory Lower School learned just what it takes to be a school leader when he was selected to be “Principal for a Day.” 

During his "day," Breen made announcements, directed hallway traffic and instituted a few special rules for the day, including allowing the boys to chew gum as a reward for their hard work. He also gave out ice cream treats to the students during lunch and announced a “dress down” day for Thursday.

Breen is part of National Honor Society, soccer team, basketball team, and is one of the leads in the school’s drama production. Having been at Iona Prep since Pre-K3, he will be moving on to Iona Prep’s Upper School for grades 9-12.

Iona Preparatory Lower School Principal Joseph Blanco introduced Breen to some of the responsibilities of being a principal. Among their discussions was the balancing act between keeping parents, students and teachers happy, while also maintaining order an ensuring the school day runs smoothly. 

One of Breen's suggestions was to limit homework for the evening so that students could spend additional time studying for tests.

“Connor knows everyone here and is a great fit as a leader,” Blanco said. “I am sure he will be successful in whatever path he chooses in the future.”

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