By JOHN HOWELL Dr. Frederick Schweizer, now better known to Cedar Hill School students as Dr. S for Dr. Sundae, really doesn't care for ice cream. That's too bad, as he was turned into a human sundae by graduating fifth-graders. They delighted in
Dr. Frederick Schweizer, now better known to Cedar Hill School students as Dr. S for Dr. Sundae, really doesn’t care for ice cream.
That’s too bad, as he was turned into a human sundae by graduating fifth-graders. They delighted in covering his face and torso – already spread with Friendly’s Ice Cream by fifth-grade teachers – with fudge, whipped cream and jimmy toppings.
The fifth-graders had the honor of serving up such a dessert when the school community raised $29,000 in a dance fit fundraiser, with participation virtually and in-person, run by the PTA. Held in March, students raised money for the routines they completed.
According to Jennifer Carlson, PTA vice president, the fit dance was a form of fun run with kids performing routines in school or at home. In addition, several sponsors stepped up with contributions that gained them their name and logos on the back of yellow T-shirts worn by participants that made up more than 80 percent of the school’s enrollment.
“We have a very generous community,” Carlson observed.
Worn weary by the pandemic, the PTA sought an event that would generate students excitement and, just as importantly, funds that will go toward teacher stipends, enabling them to buy classroom materials not otherwise budgeted and for field trips. The money will also be used for the PTA supported playground.
And how did Dr. S end up as a sundae?
That was the students’ choice from options they were presented, including Dr. S pedaling around the school on a tricycle, pies in his face and slimed. The vote was for the sundae. Two years ago, when the PTAB raised $35,000, Dr. S sat in a dunk tank as students tried their luck at hitting the target and sending him for a splash. On that occasion, he earned the title of Dr. Splash. The year prior, he was the target of silly string for the title of Dr. String … or was it Dr. Silly?
“He has a long history of being traumatized,” Carlson said.
This time he would have welcomed the splash. For when it was all over, he was Dr. Sticky.
Before and after
Dr. Frederick Schweizer, principal of Cedar Hill School, dressed for his role as a human sundae, and after his transformation by fifth-graders, complete with a cherry on top. Turn to page cccc for additional photos and the story. (Warwick Beacon photos)