Another school year has come and gone. Students at Saint Anthony Park Elementary School raised their cups and enjoyed a slug of a cool, creamy root beer float to celebrate in front of Tim and Tom’s Speedy Market on Tuesday afternoon, June 15. Parents and other volunteers were there to scoop the vanilla ice cream and douse it with root beer for students as they made their way home after the last day of school.
St. Anthony Park resident, and proud member of the first graduating class from St. Anthony Park Elementary School, Jane Hakensen proposed serving up root beer about 5 years ago after Gingko in the Park, a coffeehouse that once stood at the site of the Park Bank, closed. She heard kids in the neighborhood complain that there would no longer be a place to stop for ice cream treats on the last day of school. She and neighborhood parents organized the resources and they served up over two hundred root beer floats that first year. This year saw a similar crush of happy kids and parents on the corner of Como and Doswell Avenues. One child was heard to exclaim, “I’m afraid I’ll be bored now that school is over.”
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