Starting summer on a sugar high

For most students in York County, this past week marked the last days of the 2011-2012 school year. One local school decided to end its penultimate day with shaved-ice treats for the students.

Ferguson Elementary first-grade students Kevin Muniz, Kyle Vandersloot and Alondra Caraballo pause from eating their shaved ice as they watch a plane fly overhead on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Ferguson Elementary students ended their penultimate day of school with shaved ice treats from the Chilly Dilly's truck on Thursday, June 7, 2012. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - CHRIS DUNN

I’m not going to sugar-coat it (ha? ha?): This assignment was kind of a disaster but, if you’ll believe me, not in a terribly bad way. There were swarms of cute kids, lots of brightly-covered syrups and exasperated-but-bemused teachers. The problematic part was, the flavored syrups were self-serve — which meant the kids were drowning their ice in dyed corn syrup without abandon. Then, once they finished slurping what syrup they hadn’t spilled on their hands and clothes, they’d return to the self-serve “flavor station”… to get more syrup.

Some teachers wised up pretty quickly and told their classes to get only one or two flavors. But the only way to get between a kid and syrup is to not have self-serve: The students who were limited to only one flavor would choose two similarly-colored flavors (“cotton candy and cherry!”), and their teachers would be none the wiser.

So, a disaster. But, a visual disaster.

Runoff from the various flavored syrup jugs mixes together in a trough at the "flavor station" where Ferguson Elementary students could add their own flavors to their shaved ice on Thursday, June 7, 2012.

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