For the past week, students at the school have donated money for “All for Books,” an annual program run with help from Parent Teacher Organization members to bring donations back to Scholastic during the school's Book Fair, said District Elementary Librarian Tina Seago.

Veterans Elementary School Principal Brooke Kelly may have been shivering, but she was smiling like the students and teachers who transformed her into a human sundae Thursday, Oct. 12.

For the past week, students at the school have donated money for “All for Books,” an annual program run with help from Parent Teacher Organization members to bring donations back to Scholastic during the school’s Book Fair, said District Elementary Librarian Tina Seago. She said the children raised about $225, which will go toward purchasing early chapter books for third grade students. The event culminated in Kelly’s cold, sticky shower of ice cream and seemingly endless toppings, as students took their turn pouring ingredients over her head.

First grader Mira Berhorst didn’t hesitate to describe her favorite part of turning her principal into a human sundae.

“I got to be up there and I got to put toppings on her,” she said.

Fourth grade student Sydney Coniglio said she enjoyed the experience, too.

Sydney said she poured ice cream on Kelly’s head, as fellow students took turns covering her with toppings. She said she enjoyed contributing to a good cause and the opportunity to receive a reward afterward.

“I know it’s really fun, because in return we get to do fun events,” she said.

Fifth grader Connor Duncan said he felt the same way.

“The money goes to the library, so they can buy books, and we’ll get to read them,” he said. “So in return for spending the money, we just got to dump ice cream on our principal and we got to get books.”

Seago agreed that the event generated a great deal of excitement for everyone involved.

“It’s a win-win for them. They’re giving money, but then they’re getting the books back,” Seago said, noting that Kelly has always been a willing participant in fundraising activities like this.

“That was a lot of ice cream and toppings on her. She was freezing; she was a good sport,” Seago said with a smile.

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