Ferndale school bond supporters gathered Sunday afternoon for a final fundraiser in advance of Tuesday's bond vote.
The event was held at in Ferndale, where from 3-5 p.m., 30 percent of all ice cream proceeds were donated to .
"It was the sweetest ending to a campaign that anyone ever had," said Ferndale resident and former school board president Frank O'Donnell, as he and other residents enjoyed ice cream at the event.
Halfway through the fundraiser, organizer Barb Landry said at least 50 to 60 people had already attended.
“I think it's fabulous,” she said. “It means the community is really vested.”
The family-friendly event also featured free face-painting and henna tattoos, along with music from two student violinists.
Scott Maloney, owner of Treat Dreams, said he was happy to be involved in the cause.
“Ferndale as a community has been so supportive of this store,” he said. “Anything we can do to give back to the community and educational system … we're always raising our hand.”
student Drake Landry, 11, said he hopes the bond passes — especially for the air-conditioning project that is included in the bond. “You get very thirsty and tired,” Landry said of sitting in a hot classroom.
“The turnout has been amazing,” said Ferndale Board of Education member Nan Kerr-Mueller. “Ferndale loves to fundraise.”
Her husband, Chris Mueller, also attended the event, along with their children.
“I really want to support the vote yes campaign and see that the bond passes for our community and for our kids,” he said.
Ferndale orchestra students Jacob and David Traines played violin during the event. The brothers agreed that auditorium improvements — one of the — are much-needed.
“It's important so we can have a better auditorium so we can give better performances,” said David Traines, 13, a student at . He said that without air conditioning, the auditorium can get extremely hot and musicians find themselves sweating on stage. “I hope people will vote yes.”