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Duct tape can fix pretty much anything. Some local kids found a new use for it at a school in Arlington, Va.

“I'm going to tape both of them to the wall and just because I want to,” said one student. “It's going to be so fun.”

We asked Barrett Elementary School Principal Dan Redding if he noticed how excited some of the kids seemed.

“It worries me,” he said.

One dollar is going a long way at the school. One yard of duct tape for a dollar to be exact.

What is the duct tape for? For the students to tape Principal Redding to a school wall.

“Yeah, part of my job is just hanging around,” he said.

They taped up the assistant principal too.

If they gave grades for good sportsmanship, these administrators would get an A+.

A student told us, “He's a really good principal because he does his job correctly without being too nice or too strict.”

On Friday, Redding was downright sticky. One class after another added one strip of duct tape after another to Redding on the wall.

All of this is fun had a purpose though.

As part of a new literacy initiative, the school is creating what they call classroom libraries.

“Research shows us over and over that the more children read independently at their independent reading level, the faster they grow as readers,” said Redding.

The duct tape money will help pay for new classroom books to supplement what is in the main library.

“Part of what we're incorporating into the classroom is children sharing those books,” Redding said. “Telling their friends, 'Hey, I read this book. It's part of a series. It's really funny. Let me read you this great part.’”

They raised $725 and started a new chapter.

For a little perspective on the issue of literacy, according to the group, Reading is Fundamental, 43 percent of adults read at or below basic level.

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