An elementary school principal in Massachusetts showed up for work Tuesday wearing a Lady Gaga costume and prepared to milk a cow. He was not paying homage to the pop singer or to dairy farmers – he was making good on a promise he made to his students.
With Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in tow, Justin Vernon,
the principal of Roger Clap Innovation School in Dorchester, Mass., challenged his 170 students in kindergarten through fifth grade last October to read a combined 10,000 books by the end of the academic year. But before the students accepted Vernon's challenge, they wanted something in return.