Neapolitan ice cream, chocolate syrup, nuts, whipped cream, marshmallows and cherries are all necessary for an ice cream sundae, but at Circle View Elementary School, the ingredients weren't for eating.
Sitting in a small blow-up pool in a yellow plastic poncho, blue shower cap and matching goggles and snorkel, Principal Kathleen Jaquin stood still as students drizzled, sprinkled and plopped the ingredients all over her.
Students had a chance to turn their principal into a human sundae as a reward for being the top fundraising students in each grade. The students brought in almost $10,000 May 26 at a Parent Teacher Organization fundraising Read-a-Thon.
The funds go to the PTO, which helps the school with a music teacher, school supplies, new technology and field trips. The PTO used to help the school pay for optional programs and services, but due to budget cuts, it now has to cover essentials.
"With the state budget crisis, it's becoming critical," said Debbie Cotton, the Read-a-Thon chairwoman.