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Kids get new chairs while principal moves his to the roof

Principal Dan Kuball lowers a bucket for more supplies. He worked on the school roof for two days.

Principal Dan Kuball lowers a bucket for more supplies. He worked on the school roof for two days.

Students won the right to “elevate” the school’s administrator.

Students at King of Kings Lutheran School in Rose-ville, Minnesota, are sitting pretty these days — at new desks, that is. The reason: their school was the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Target Corporation’s Honor Roll 100 program. That program recognized King of Kings School’s “outstanding results in the Target Stores Take Charge of Education School Fund-raising program.” The Target grant meant that a plan for replacing desks at the 38-year-old school was shortened from a three-year span to just one and a half years.
Principal Dan Kuball said the check from Target was a pleasant surprise, but that fund-raising is an ongoing activity at the small kindergarten through eighth grade private school.
As part of its program, Target Stores tracked school fund-raising dollars raised for all schools enrolled in the program between September 1 and December 31, 2001 and selected 100 schools that received the most dollars per enrolled student.
Kuball commented that, with 105 students, “King of Kings was one of the largest schools to receive a Target grant.” One school had just two students. Kuball stated that over 40 of the schools receiving grants were from Minnesota, the home state of Target Corporation.
At Target’s invitation, Kuball and Dave Cook, third/fourth grade teacher at the school, were Target’s guests at an all-expenses-paid weekend in the nation’s capital April 19-21, where they received the grant.
At the time of the interview for this Metro Lutheran article, Kuball was about to spend two mornings perched atop the school building roof. (See photo.) His students had chosen that as their “reward” for surpassing the goal of a fund-raising marathon for non-public schools staged in October.
Students walked, ran or rode their bikes in the event at Roseville’s Central Park in an effort to raise $10,000. They actually raised about $12,300, Kuball said. For that, they chose to have their principal sit on the school roof. (Two students from King of Kings must really have wanted to see their principal sitting up there, since they raised over $1,000 each.)
The energetic students occupy a school that adjoins King of Kings Lutheran Church (LCMS), at the intersection of Highway 36 and Dale Street. Concordia Acad-emy, a Lutheran high school, is just across the street.
King of Kings School draws the majority of its student body from Roseville, White Bear Lake and St. Paul. Students also come from Lino Lakes, Ham Lake, Coon Rapids and Minneapolis. The majority of the families are members of the congregation, but there are students from other Lutheran congregations as well as some from families with no religious affiliation.
The K-8 school has five full-time teachers and one part-time, as well as part-time band and Spanish instructors. Current tuition for students of member families is $1,200 and $2,915 for non-members.
Kuball, a Morristown, Minnesota, native and a graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul, teaches seventh and eighth grades in the afternoons and handles administrative duties in the mornings.
A brochure about the church and its school contains these words about the mission of King of Kings Church and School: “In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament, the mission of King of Kings is to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our church, community and the world.”