Students, Jack the Dipper to hold ice cream-eating event to benefit reading

Western Carolina University’s Center for Service Learning and campus organizations are teaming up with Jack the Dipper, a Sylva ice cream shop, in an effort to raise $2,000 for the Fontana Regional Library’s Reading Rover bookmobile Saturday, Nov. 1.

In addition to donating a portion of its revenues from sales on Nov. 1 to the reading program, Jack the Dipper will host the second annual ice cream- and waffle cone-eating contest pitting members of WCU fraternities, sororities and other organizations against one another. The event will be held from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at the shop, located at 170 E. Sylva Circle.

The cost to participate is $50 per organization.

The Reading Rover is part of the Fontana Regional Library system, which serves Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Smart Start (Region A Partnership For Children) funds about 50 percent of the Reading Rover, and the library staff runs the program, which serves 28 child care centers in the service area. The Rover brings story-time sessions and library materials to the door of the child care centers, providing early literacy experiences that contribute to the development of pre-reading and school readiness skills.

For more information about the Nov. 1 benefit, contact the Center for Service Learning at 828-227-7184.