ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) – David Buth is rewarding the tree-mendous fundraising efforts of his Michigan middle school students by spending 65 hours in a perch 40 feet above ground.

It’s all part of a deal the part-time science teacher at Rockford Christian School made with the students, who earned and collected thousands of dollars for a trip this summer to Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyo.

He calls it Operation Squirrel.

Buth used ropes and pulleys on Monday to ascend a tree on school property. The Grand Rapids Press says he took along his hammock, a tarp and some other items.

On Wednesday, he’ll descend 30 or so feet to fulfill his teaching responsibilities while still in the tree.

Operation Squirrel concludes Thursday morning.

On the Net:

Buth’s blog:

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press,

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