Carlton Carter, 16, sizes up the toppings for his vanilla ice cream.
He could choose from "gummies," cherries and various chocolate goodies. But he
goes for the chocolate, creating a whipped cream, chocolate chip and Reese's Pieces
Carlton was one of dozens of young people who attended an end-of-the-school-year ice
cream social Thursday at the Robinwood Recreation Center in Annapolis. The event
featured free ice cream with a plethora of toppings.
"It's good," Carlton said. "It helps the kids that need support."
The event was sponsored by the Anne Arundel County National Pan Hellenic Council. The
group holds several events each year for public housing residents in Annapolis.
The council is a group of nine historically African-American sororities and fraternities.
Thursday's event was in the Robinwood community, which is part of the Housing
Authority of the City of Annapolis. The housing authority manages 790 public housing
units in the city.
Kids and their parents crammed into the recreation center Thursday and lined up for ice
cream. The room was loud, its small walls barely able to contain the children's excitement.
The ice cream was donated by the Glen Burnie Friendly's. The toppings were provided by
These events are an opportunity for the council to bring positivity to the community,
which typically is only featured in the news when something bad happens there, said Angie
McNeal, president of the council.