Butler Creek Elementary Principal James Owens turns into a human dessert after students raise more than $7,000

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: CARI HACHMANN - Principal James Owens prepares to be doused by ice cream.

A gymnasium full of 540 cheering elementary students eagerly awaited dousing their principal in ice cream and toppings Thursday.

“Five! Four! Three! Two! One!” they screamed between each layer of the sundae.

Donned in his Sunday best, Butler Creek Elementary School Principal James Owens became a human sundae to reward his students for surpassing their jog-a-thon fundraising goal.

First, though, he took off his dress shoes and Butler Bearcats sweatshirt.

This year, Butler Creek’s PTA set a fundraising goal of $5,000 for its 11th annual jog-a-thon, which equates to $9 per student. Together, students raised just over $7,000, or about $13 per student.

The money will go directly back into the classrooms toward field trips, transportation and grants. Because students exceeded their goal, the school donated $500 to SnowCap Community Charities for its food pantry.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: CARI HACHMANN - A gymnasium full of students at Butler Creek Elementary School get a thrill watching fellow students cover their school principal in sundae toppings.

Kari James of SnowCap accepted the donation for the nonprofit organization, telling students the money will help serve SnowCap’s 8,000-to-10,000 clients each month, keeping them healthy, happy and well fed.

“This was the first time we’ve met our goal in the six years I’ve worked on this,” said Paddy Cook, a kindergarten teacher. “It was pretty ambitious.

The top fundraisers from each class had the honor of transforming Owens into an ice cream sundae, with kindergartner and top fundraiser Ava Hensley placing the cherry on top. She raised about $300.

Zoey Yatabe, a third-grader, said she was nervous to get up in front of the whole school for the assembly, but had a blast covering Owens in sprinkles as one of the top fundraisers of her class. She raised $88.

By the time students got done with him, Owens was covered in scoops of ice cream, smothered in chocolate syrup, crowned with whipped cream, decorated in sprinkles and topped with a cherry.

“He was such a good sport doing this in front of the whole school,” said Shauna Stewart, a kindergarten teacher.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: CARI HACHMANN - Butler Creek Prinicipal James Owen, a.k.a. the human sundae.

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