As I've mentioned several times this year, our school participates in Scholastic's Reading Counts program. As part of that, I'm responsible for helping plan, fund, and organize 4 reading celebrations throughout the year. Today was the last celebration of the year and boy were the kids excited! I must admit that my level of excitement increased when they gave me a megaphone to use outside!
Luckily, the weather was beautiful (like 87 degrees) and we had a lot of kids earn the party. I had originally wanted to have an author come, but my literacy committee voted for a party instead. In searching for ideas, the committee brainstormed possibilities and I also asked some of our readers. The winning selection "ice cream and extended recess" was offered up by one of our book club students. And everyone loved her idea.
In thinking about buying lots of ice cream and toppings, I had a bit of a panic. Where would I store all of that? We aren't allowed to store in the school's freezer. How on earth would I have enough people to help me scoop and serve all of it? It made my head spin until I was talking with my bookkeeper about the money and I remembered that at one of my previous schools, we used to have the Jandy's truck come and set up as a fundraiser. Yatzee! I could call them and use my funds (I had been stashing book fair money aside to save for the author visit) to pay for the Jandy's truck to do all the work!
It worked out well because this company was so easy to work with. They gave me all sorts of options and even brought a "nut-free" truck so that we wouldn't have to worry about allergies with students. We had six flavor options, six "dry" toppings options, and about six "wet" topping options, plus syrups and whipped cream! Literally, I set up the visit, told them where to put the truck, and then several teachers and I supervised the older students and assisted the younger ones in making their custom frozen yogurt treats. It was a win-win! They also included a visit from "Mr. Jandy" and the kiddos went cRaZy over this! And I think you can see that the kids were very happy with their sweet treats too...just look at all of those smiles.
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