Thirteen students from the skipped two periods of school with their principal Tuesday, while enjoying lunch and dessert, and went cruising around town in a Hummer stretch limousine.
The outing was the result of an award won by Sheree and Adam Lantz during a silent auction held at the Home & School Association's Adult Social, which was celebrated at the on Feb. 2.
“This was the most popular item auctioned that evening,” said Carole Butler, the principal of WAMS. Butler said this is the third year for the middle school outing.
Sheree Lantz said her daughter, Gabby Lantz, 13 and a seventh-grader, selected friends to accompany her.
“Last year, my husband and I also won this item,” said Lantz, who is also Home & School chair at WAMS this year, “and we let our daughter, Jessica, pick friends to go on it.” Her daughter, Jessica, 14 and an eighth-grader, was lucky again–her sister invited her this year as part of the bash.
The group was picked up at 11 a.m. at WAMS by the limousine, which was filled with sodas and snacks. They journeyed over to on Main Street for salad, pizza and more soda and dined in the private backroom.
After lunch, the gang motored down Camden Avenue to , which was festooned with black and gold balloons and a "WELCOME WAMS" sign. A Rita’s Water Ice character was on hand to greet the group.
Allen’s Limousine in Mt Laurel, Passariello’s Pizzeria and Rita’s Water Ice donated their services and food for the event. This item raised nearly $1,000 at the auction for the Home & School Association.
The other students who joined the fun were: seventh-graders Brian Wright, 12; Johnny McGinley, 13; Julia Bolte, 13; Ali Annese, 13; Claire Moront, 13; Ana Sabet-Payman, 12; Shannon Hughes, 13; Sylvanna Cusumano, 13; and eighth-graders Natalie Cooper, 14; Gabi Daiagi, 14; Morgan Hyman, 13.
“It’s a good experience to spend time with the kids like this,” said Butler. “I get to talk to them and see how they’re doing.”