By David Shivers
“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”
No, there wasn’t actually any screaming – that wouldn’t have been allowed – but there were a lot of smiles as the students at Albany’s Magnolia Elementary School lined up at lunchtime May 18 to get free ice cream.
The entire student body and the teaching, administrative, lunchroom, and custodial staffs – about 570 people in all – were served the frozen treat by the Magnolia Elementary K-Kids Club, with the assistance of their sponsors, the Albany Golden K Kiwanis Club. The event was in celebration of the school’s successful canned goods drive.
The K-Kids coordinated the food drive during the months of March and April. Hundreds of collected canned items were displayed in a pyramid on the cafeteria stage as the students filed through the room. After the celebration the food was to be transported to Neighbors in Need and The Lord’s Pantry for distribution, as well as two local families.
Golden K Club president Gene Goldsmith didn’t know exactly what the total number of pounds of food was, but “it weighted down the back of my pickup,” he said. In addition to Goldsmith and his wife Linda, Golden K members helping with the event were Jo Ann Wright, Bill Graff, Harris Pablot, and Don Williams.
The Magnolia K-Kids formed an exuberant line to hand out the ice cream servings to their fellow pupils. The club’s members are Nigel Walton (president), Jalen Kennedy,Takeria Brown, Kameron Donaldson, Ciara Childs, MarHee Ann Smith, Tyheem Williams, Ormani Thomas, Rodney Butler, and Latavia Crittenden.
Bill Graff of Albany Golden K helps the K-Kids set up ice cream cups for their fellow Magnolia students.
The smile on this young girl’s face displays how she feels about her ice cream reward
An expansive display of canned goods on the Magnolia lunchroom stage awaits distribution through two local food pantries.