Darren Doyle, story: photos submitted by SEES:
You'd be hard pressed to find someone that doesn't smile when you offer them a freshly made ice cream sundae; however, if you tell them you're going to turn them into one, you're likely to get different results.
Principal Jamie Woosley of South Edmonson Elementary is unlikely to smile the next time he hears the words "ice cream sundae," because on Friday, January 27, he became the main ingredient in a human sundae, as a reward for students' success in a recent SEES fundraiser.
Any SEES student that sold five items or more in the recent fundraiser was able to take part and dump ice cream sundae components on top of Principal Woosley, as he sat helpless in a small plastic tub. He was pummelled with ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, strawberry syrup, cherries, and whipped cream.
"I wasn't prepared for how cold this was going to be," said Woosley. "There's a reason it's called 'ice' cream."
He said when he agreed to take the punishment, he was thinking that a little chocolate or strawberry syrup would give the kids a few laughs while all he'd have to endure was a sticky shirt. He apparently forgot about the ice cold, ice cream.
"I thought my toes were going to get frostbite!" he said with a laugh. "I actually was glad to get the syrup...at least it was warm."
He also said he figured this would only be a five minute stunt, or so, but it lasted much longer than that.
"This went on for 15 minutes and we had about 50 or 60 kids that kept dumping this stuff on me. We also had some teachers join in as well. Honestly, I thought they enjoyed it way too much."
He then talked about the goal he wanted to achieve through his embarrassment, which was all for the kids.
"It's all about having our students stay excited about South Edmonson," he said. "We raised over $12,000 in our PTO fundraiser at the first of the year and we rely so much on these funds. It helps us do the things we need to, and our kids love this kind of thing."
He said it took several showers to finally get rid of the mess.
"It was all in fun, and the kids loved it, but I'll never look at an ice cream sundae the same way again."