Tuesday, March 29, 2011
“Whoa!” — was the first word out of the mouths of five kindergarten boys when they first saw the black, Hummer limousine parked in front of the school.
The boys, along with several other students from Bush Elementary School, would ride in the limo to Fulton Pizza Hut for a pizza party. Any student who sold at least 15 Major Saver cards was rewarded with the limo ride and party.
Mike Gordon of Fulton said he was 49 years old and had never been in a limo, but his 5-year-old grandson, Nicholas Gordon, was going to one up him by having the opportunity. Brook Hartman, Bush secretary, said each Fulton elementary school participates in the Major Saver program,
but they take the limo rides on different days. Twenty-three students from Bush, in grades K-5, took a ride in style on Monday.
Nicholas popped out of the door of the limo right before leaving to blow a kiss to his grandpa and great-grandma as he said, “Good-bye!” Mike, his grandpa, and Mary Gordon, his great-grandma, had come to the school to send him off.
After arriving at Pizza Hut, Nick promptly decided the limo was for him saying, “I love it, ‘cause it’s so beautiful!”
“I wish I could ride in it for 44 days,” Nick said and laughed.
Second-graders Kandon Sheley and Austin Taylor also said they enjoyed the luxurious transport.
“It was fun,” said Taylor. “It’s like famous people would ride in it.”
“Like Snoop Dogg,” Sheley offered.
Sheley said he sold 15 Major Saver cards with the help of his mother.
First-grader Kaylei Morales, who also sold 15 cards, said she and the other riders listened to music on the ride over, and her favorite part about the big car was how “comfortable” it was.
Major Saver cards, sold for $10, offer discounts to some local businesses for those who purchase them. Part of the proceeds from the cards benefit the schools. It was Major Saver fundraising company that set up the limo ride and pizza party. The Hummer limo came from White Knight out of Columbia.
Jessica Gordon, Nicholas’s mother, said she thinks it’s a good idea to have the children help out the schools.
“I think it gets the kids to have fun selling something and to look forward to doing something,” she said.