Superintendent Winfred Roberson took a good-natured turn as a slightly waterlogged celebrity at Patwin Elementary’s annual Walkathon on Saturday.
The superintendent swapped his usual suit and tie for swimwear and shades, and sat on a perch above a dunk tank, while contestants — who had purchased tickets, with proceeds benefiting school programs — took turns hurling a softball at a target that, when struck, tipped Roberson into the cool water below.
Roberson was careful to hand off his ever-present smartphone to his smiling wife Yvette, who was standing by with a camera.
It was a hot, sunny day, and Yvette noted that “Winfred already got in a good workout earlier this morning, so that water’s going to feel pretty good.”
And that was fortunate, because several Patwin youngsters demonstrated superior hand-eye coordination, and hit the target squarely.
“That kid has an arm!” the superintendent said appreciatively after a preschooler connected with a softball, sending Roberson into the water for the fourth or fifth time.
The Patwin Walkathon is typically the school’s biggest annual fundraiser, drawing hundreds of participants who walk or run on a circular path, enjoy a cake walk and other activities, or nibble on the food and sip the drinks that are for sale.