Priest skydives after students raise nearly $50,000

Posted at 10:18 PM, Aug 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-07 23:18:44-04

The sky is the limit after a Tulsa school proves giving the right incentive for students can lead to great achievements.

All Saints raised enough funds for a new intercom system in record time.

Fr. Gary Kastl said he likes to call the event, "jumping off into the new school year."

"I can tend to be a little afraid of heights and can get a little motion sickness so I was nervous about that, " Fr. Kastl said.

The idea behind raising the money was to get enough funds to afford a new intercom system for the school to enhance communication among students, faculty and staff

"[We made the] promise that if we reached a certain amount of money, I would jump out of an airplane," Kastl said. "And we hit that goal really quickly, which was $15,000."

In fact, that incentive worked so well, Fr. Kastl said he "roped in the principal and assistant principal for another $15,000 each," raising $49,000 for the jump.

Along with a new intercom system for the school, the students also got to see their priest take 10,000 feet to the sky.

"It was just an amazing sense of speed and just kind of really feeling like you're flying," Kastl said.

With the outpouring love and support from his students below, Fr. Kastl said he'd do it all again, but under one condition.

"I need a little time to let my heart settle," he said.

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