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"Elf on the Roof," Independence principal dresses as elf, sits on roof for good cause

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If you were driving through Independence yesterday, you may have noticed a life- sized "elf on the shelf" sitting on a roof.

It was actually a school principal.

The Saint John's Elementary principal, Mr. Gieryng, told his students that he would go up on the roof, dressed as an elf, if they raised at least 500 dollars in coins. 

They kids ended up raising more than 900 dollars. All the money is going to the Pennies for Patients Program. The money will go toward helping cancer patients. 

The fundraiser was started by the school's librarian. She started the fundraiser in honor of her granddaughter, Bailey. 

Bailey died years ago from Leukemia. She was just 18 months old. 

She's happy to keep her memory alive through this fundraiser. 

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