Bally students make smoothies, learn the importance of dairy

Judges watch the creation of two 15-gallon smoothies at the 2014 edition of St. Francis Academy's Dairy Day held in the Bally school's auditorium.

Dairy Day at St. Francis Academy, Bally, recently had an unlikely start. The event that focuses on oversized ice cream confections witnessed an unlikely group dancing in unison to a very loud Bee Gees disco anthem after the teams were introduced. But since it was a disco inspired concoction, it worked.

Dairy Day at St. Francis Academy on Friday, June 6, found teachers and students, priests and sisters, moving to sounds of disco prior to building groovy smoothies.

It was a different type of race as more emphasis was placed on style, ‘groove’ and presentation and none on speed. But in the end the results were the same, the students’ team won, but not without a strong challenge by the teachers’ team and the usual mess often associated with Dairy Day.

Dairy Day is the school’s celebration of the end of the school year as well as national June is Dairy month.

Complete with a disco inspired tee shirt, teachers and students in grades K through 8 made. They assembled the ice cream confections with Turkey Hill vanilla ice cream in large trashcans using drills to mix the dairy treat. The mix included pineapple juice, frozen mixed berries, and ice cream.

Prior to the contest, the newly crowned Berks County Dairy Princess, Ashley Mohn, 20, of Womelsdorf gave a presentation on why milk needs to be in the students’ daily diets. “Smoothies are a great way to add dairy nutrition and a cool treat during the summer months,” she said “Making sure you receive your three-servings of dairy everyday is not only quite easy but tasty too! Dairy products build stronger bones and teeth, all while maintaining your healthy smile. Cool off on a hot, humid day with a smoothie made with milk and yogurt to celebrate June is Dairy Month.”

Lil’Miss Dairy Princess, Alyssa Troutman, 5, recited a poem, which extolled the beauty of milk.

And when it the judges’ decision was announced, it was the students’ team in the victorious glow of the winner’s disco ball.

Participating students were: Hannah Freeman, Owen Hornak, Mirabella Cavaliere, Jason Krum, Anastasia Escott, Zachariah McLaughlin, Christianna Fraschilla, Thomas Nguyen, Autumn Kline, Robert Homa, Annalise Santiago, Matthew Graczyk, Delaney Geise, James Patterson, Christiana Rocus, Drake Conklin, Katrina Goldschmidt, and Delvon Ferguson.

Event sponsors include: Turkey Hill Dairy, National Penn Bank, Moyers Catering, Bally Auto Care and Bob Hilbert Sportswear.

More information on St. Francis Academy can be found at its web site: www.sfabally.org.