By Donna Thornton/News Editor
Students at Iva Lee Elementary School screamed for ice cream April 23, as they received treats from Blue Bell Creameries, in recognition of Iva Lee teacher Farrah Kilgo being named a finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year.
Kilgo was named Iva Lee’s Teacher of the Year, then Etowah County’s Teacher of the Year, and was then selected to represent District 8 in competing for the state honor.
Kilgo said, as she understands it, all the teachers who are finalists will be interviewed, and the Teacher of the Year will be selected next month.
Iva Lee Principal Eddie Vance explained to the students – all gathered in the gym – that Kilgo had been selected as a candidate for Teacher of the Year by “a group of top level smart people.
“One of the benefits of us bring around this greatness is prizes,” Vance said, asking the students if they knew what their prize would be.
“Ice cream!” students yelled back, having already spotted representatives of Blue Bell Creameries bringing in cartons of ice cream.
All students and faculty members received a cup of ice cream and something to scoop their ice cream with.
“What kind of spoon is this?” one girl asked, as she unwrapped a thin wooden paddle.
Teachers led students outside and dispensed cups of ice cream and students gathered to enjoy a break in the sunshine with their treats.
As for Kilgo, she received four cartons of Blue Bell Ice Cream, including her favorite chocolate, to take home to her family.