|photo courtesy Tiernan|
Cotton candy, ice cream, popcorn, games, rock climbing wall and bounce houses is the way to get ready for the end of the school year. Thanks to the PTA at Dublin Elementary School in White Lake, who hosted their annual "Ice Cream Social" fundraiser for kids and their families to enjoy.
The Rebel Legion and 501st were invited to show up at the annual PTA fundraiser including: Jedi, Tusken Raider, Stormtrooper and Boba Fett -- who packed their stuff for the afternoon trip. Once everyone was suited up and ready to troop, a volunteer agreed to help guide us around and take a few pictures of us. With this wonderful person at our side, it was time to trek around the party and make some kids and their parents happy and excited.
As the four of us made our way to the gym and playground, immediately people started rushing to us to take pictures, give high-fives or see if the armor was real? A few of the children were shy at first, but later were brave enough to come visit us. Otherwise, we could only move about the playground a few feet at a time, only to be crowded around again. We made three stops along the way, one so that the principle could get a picture to add to his collection of school memorabilia, another inside the gym and the last for our official group picture at the fire truck.
With the eyesight of the Tusken fading quickly, our time there was over and we had to say our thank you and goodbyes for letting us make an appearance. We packed up our cases and left, but not before having a little bit of ice cream ourselves!
With children spread out, talking shouting, running and eating candy ice cream and sugary sweets, the first thing one thinks of is hyper kids jumping up and down and getting carried away with themselves. There were what seemed to be hundreds of children playing laughing even screaming and as respectful to a trooper while showing excitement for us Star Wars people. We even gave a few hugs to those who wanted one. It's been one of the easiest hour-long troops I've been on and even the weather cooperated enough for troopers to be comfortable in.