Wilson Vance Intermediate School Principal Dave Barnhill received an unusual — but perfect and personal — retirement gift on the last day of school.
His students spiced up the occasion by presenting him with more than 300 gift cards to Hot Head Burritos this morning, a move he said was a “total surprise.”
“They just kept coming and coming and coming,” he said.
Barnhill estimates he can buy about 30 burritos with the gift cards.
His go-to order is “a burrito with brown rice, chicken, salsa, sour cream, sweet habanero sauce, lettuce and cheese.”
“We’ve done several fundraisers through Hot Head and they just know that I go there every Tuesday for lunch,” Barnhill said. “They make fun of me going to the same place every Tuesday, so that’s how they wanted to send me off for retirement.”
The school’s parent teacher organization set up the surprise, making sure every student had a gift card to hand their principal.
As for how he’s cultivated a relationship with students that culminates in receiving hundreds of gift cards, Barnhill said his philosophy is, “just trying to be visible and open with them. … I probably know every student by name.”
He said he’ll miss them, and the “great teachers” he has worked with for the past 21 years at Wilson Vance, though he doesn’t have to fully say goodbye yet.
Barnhill will spend the rest of 2018 doing building and grounds maintenance for Findlay City Schools before full retirement in 2019.