Thanks to a $500 donation from Kona Ice, a local shaved ice company, Tombaugh Elementary School is moving closer to its goal of purchasing a courtyard shade structure.

“It’s [the shade structure] a $30,000 purchase, so this contribution is super helpful,” said Tombaugh Principal Guillermo Carmona. “Kona Ice sold flavored ice at our Thanksgiving luncheon and Fall Carnival, and they were very generous in sharing the proceeds from the events with our school.”

Carmona explained that Keith Placencio, owner of the local Kona Ice franchise, developed a partnership with the school in which he sells shaved ice at school events and then donates a percentage of the proceeds back to the school. This is the first donation the company has made to the Tombaugh since the company was started just a few months ago.

The next event that the franchise is set to participate in is Tombaugh Elementary School’s Annual Stargazing Night, Thursday, Feb. 2 from 6:30-8:30p.m., at the school, 226 Carver. The free event will feature a mobile planetarium and astronomers from New Mexico State University and other local agencies who will offer hands-on activities for kids and families

Kona Ice Donation

Tombaugh Principal Guillermo Carmona (left) accepts a $500 donation from local Kona Ice Franchise Owner Keith Placencio, who donated a portion of the proceeds from