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Pinon Hills Elementary School will hold ice cream social on June 2

Staff reports

In addition to double-scoop sundaes, a family event in the Johnson Lane area celebrates the end of the school year with food, games, entertainment and a silent auction and raffle.

Pinon Hills Elementary School will host its third annual Ice Cream Social on June 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the school located at 1479 Stephanie Way.

Two new events this year are generating a lot of excitement, according to Cissy Garic of the Parent Teachers Organzation. Classes that elected to participate selected a theme and brought in items to fill a large wicker basket for the basket raffle. Themes include car care, picnics, bath accessories and Pokemon, and each basket will be raffled off separately.

Laura Williams, coordinator of the raffle, said that the support from the students, teachers and parents was overwhelming.

“We received so many donations that we have 20 baskets that are overflowing,” said Williams. “They are beautiful as well as practical, and this has generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in the school.”

Baskets were created by each individual classroom, she said, and people attending the Ice Cream Social may bid on any of the basekts by purchasing tickets at $1 each.

Parents donated items for the baskets, which were provided by the PTO. Students in each class came up with their own and very creative theme ideas, Williams aid.

Also new this year, a book walk will join the popular cake walk event. Students donated hundreds of “gently” used books, and each winner will go home with new reading material.

“Without a doubt, the cake walk is one of the most popular events at the social, and I think the book walk will come in a close second,” said Sandy Lampson, who is organizing both events. “For just 25 cents. you can go home with a plate of cupcakes, brownies or a cake – and now a book as well.”

Every year the Ice Cream Social dedicates a portion of the donations from the community for the students in Kids’ Bids, a silent auction just for children. Teachers and staff at PHES also volunteer prizes like movies, pizza and bowling.

“The whole school steps up to make the Ice Cream Social a success,” said Heidi Downs, fund-raising coordinator for the PTO, which sponsors the event. “This is an event that just about everyone supports in some way.”

Children always provide entertainment at the Ice Cream Social, and this year participants of the PHES 6th Grade Talent Show will highlight the evening.

“They were thrilled to be asked,” said Tracey Wagner, the school’s counselor and organizer of the talent show. “They have been practicing hard and have already put on a performance at the school.”

To round out student participation, the Student Council will be assisting at all of the game booths.

Raffle prize winners will be announced periodically throughout the evening, and silent auction results will be announced at 8 p.m. Winners will be contacted if they are not present to claim their prizes.

Proceeds from the Ice Cream Social will be used to purchase 2 Averkey systems, stage curtains and books for the Guided Reading Program.

“Last year we were able to buy five computers for the lab with Ice Cream Social proceeds. However, the generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community and the tireless efforts of volunteers are just the start,” said Nancy Hamlett, president of the PTO. “People having fun at the Ice Cream Social make it a success. We hope you’ll stop by.”

For more information about the PHES Ice Cream Social, contact the school at 267-3622, Hamlett at 267-2400 or Downs at 267-3306.