Week of Caring: We Scream for Ice Cream

June 16, 2015

(By Lurah Spell. Source) BRISTOL, Va. — The city’s school system took part Tuesday in United Way’s 23rd annual Week of Caring by throwing an ice cream party for more than 100 children at the Boys and Girls Club in Bristol.

The party was just one of several events being held this week across the region.

Katy Wampler, 6, enjoyed her vanilla ice cream topped with colorful sprinkles while Dalton Deskins, also 6, created chocolate ice cream with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. Both were excited at the possibility of getting more ice cream.

The Week of Caring is meant to bring the community together to improve lives by completing projects for organizations or just doing something fun.

Six of the school system’s central office staff and Washington Lee Elementary School Principal Faith Mabe volunteered at the club to create and hand out the sundaes.

“I’ve never seen a school system as involved in their community, whether it be shelter needs, clothing, food or just reaching out and building relationships as this school system,” Mabe said. “I’m a proud member of it.”

Each year, wish lists of necessary “brick and mortar” projects or fun trips are submitted to United Way organizations across the region by agencies. United Way then recruits businesses to sponsor and complete the projects.

“It just makes our hearts smile to be able to do this for the kids in the community,” said Stephanie Austin, administrative assistant to the school superintendent. “Boys and Girls Club is dear to my heart.”