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Hartland Students Help Raise Principal's 'Bail' Money

Hartland High School Principal Ben Mainka was placed in handcuffs today as part of a school fundraising effort.

Students at Hartland High School got to witness a rare event this morning as their principal was placed in handcuffs by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.

The stunt was all for a good cause as principal Ben Mainka asked his students to help raise his “bail” money that will go towards the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“We have several students and staff members who are plagued with this disease and I think that it’s certainly phenomenal team effort to take on such a good cause,” he said.

Today is the last day of the Lock-Up fundraising effort and students and staff have already raised more than $1,400, which Mainka credits to the school’s DECA program and the “supportive” efforts of his school.

“I think we’ll probably get close to the $2,000 (goal), which isn’t bad for a one-day blitz,” Mainka said. “They’ve (students) had fun with it, but they’ve also done a great job to help raise money.”

The money raised will help send children with Muscular Dystrophy to summer camp and donations are still being accepted online.

Editor's Note: Hartland High School raised more than $2,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as of March 1. Ben Mainka has told Hartland Patch that the donation page will remain available for the next 30 days for people who would like to continue to donate.

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