Principal jumps for Catholic education

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Dr. Sharon Pristash during her first sky diving experience. She’ll do it again May 5 to fulfill a promise to students. (courtesy photo)

It won’t be the easiest to look up to the sky at high noon, but students and their families at one Catholic school can’t wait to try.

That’s when Dr. Sharon Pristash, principal of Annunciation Catholic School in Cave Creek, will fulfill her end of the bargain if students not just met, but exceeded, a recent fundraising goal. Pristash will jump out of a plane May 5 at the Phoenix Skydive Center in Casa Grande.

Pristash, the original principal since the ever-growing school opened in 2009, challenged students to raise at least $70,000 during a Boosterthon Fun Run March 2. A pep rally prior to the run got spirits moving as did a daily themed video adventure highlighting particular character traits.

With more than 200 students spread out over 14 parishes, students had the opportunity to uniquely reach prospective donors. Families could also create a personal video to share with their family and friends to help raise money for the school. Funds help bridge the gap between the cost to educate a student and the cost paid by the families in tuition.

Saturday marks Pristash’s second time jumping out of a plane. A videographer will capture and share the experience.