Ice cream and books bring community together
By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Hastings Elementary School was filled with parents and students selecting books and eating ice cream at their annual Book Fair and Ice Cream Social Nov. 14.
Parent Group members Holly Kenny, Amanda O’Rielly, and Shannon Vallee helped to make this evening a huge success along with many other volunteers.
A couple of days before the event, the teachers at Hastings could preview the books and make a “wish list” of those they would like to have in their classroom. Parents and children could purchase those books during the fair.
“A percentage of the money we get from Scholastic, who sponsored this event, goes to programs for the school like field trips, guest speakers and more,” Kenny said. “We love that people come out and support our schools whether they are from this town or the surrounding communities.”
Walking around the lobby where all of the books were displayed, it was exciting to see the children so eager to look through the books and make their selections. Also on display for purchase were supplies like pencils, erasers, bookmarks, mini notebooks and more. The ice cream was undeniably a big hit with attendees
of every age.
Arvind Jagannath, owner of Cold Stone Creamery in Southborough, donated over 300 ice cream cups as well as ice cream cake slices. “We are so appreciative of all of the support that we get,” said Kenny.
Meg Murphy, a field representative for Scholastic in Worcester and Middlesex counties added, “In this age of technology, children still need to be excellent readers. Hopefully, the printed book will be around for a long time.”
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