An annual vacation by some Winthrop University alumnae has turned into a fun effort to help a Myrtle Beach High School graduate earn some cool cash before entering college in the fall.
Betty Creamer and three of her Winthrop University roommates from 47 years ago have been “stuffing the tip jar” at Scoops Ice Cream in Windy Hill all week after learning one of the young employees, Jay Trappier, will enter Winthrop as a freshman in August.
Trappier, a recent Myrtle Beach High School graduate, has spent his summer scooping ice cream but thanks to the efforts of the visiting alumnae, had a chance this week to scoop some extra cash.
The Winthrop University-bound 18-year-old has been the benefactor of the Winthrop alumnae’s efforts to show support for a student who has selected their alma mater to pursue a business degree. The women decided to “stuff the tip jar” after seeing the Winthrop Eagle logo on the jar.
“Betty and I came in Sunday and I saw the tip jar,” said retired teacher and assistant principal Bonnie Farmer of Greenville, who has vacationed for more than 30 years along the Grand Strand. Her vacation companions include Creamer of Palm Springs, Calif., and Gale Moore and Jamie Creech Reinsh, both of Rock Hill.
The women asked which employee was going to Winthrop and sought an introduction to Trappier.
Since seeing the jar and meeting Trappier, the women have made it a goal to walk from their oceanfront condo at A Place at the Beach to Scoops a few blocks away while reaching their 10,000-step Fitbit goal and ending their evenings with a cold treat.
Creamer, the retired head of International Schools and a 1973 graduate of Winthrop, said she and Farmer this time accompanied by Moore and Reinsh came back on Monday night to eat ice cream and to leave a “big tip.”
“I said ‘OK ladies, pay with a $20 and put the rest in the tip jar,’ ” Creamer said. “We’ve been saving so when we come in, we can stuff the jar. He very graciously thanked us. I went to school on scholarship, so I know how it is financially.”
“I thought it was really cool,” Trappier said of the enhanced tips. “Originally, before I got here (to Scoops), it was just Coastal Carolina and Clemson on the jar. I decided to put Winthrop on it.”
I thought it was really cool. Originally, before I got here (to Scoops), it was just Coastal Carolina and Clemson on the jar. I decided to put Winthrop on it.
Jay Trappier, will enter Winthrop as a freshman in August
The other college logos are meant to entice tips for Johnny Newell, who will attend Clemson University and Alex Paragas, who plans to pursue his degree at Coastal Carolina University. Trappier said the other two students were kind enough to give him all the tips left by the Winthrop visitors.
A quiet young man who plans to major in business, Trappier said he had considered attending the University of South Carolina when he learned about Winthrop and visited the school. He liked what the smaller university had to offer.
“They said at Winthrop the professors will try to get to know you and get to know your name. If you miss class, they will check up on you,” he said.
After submitting a photo of the four women with Trappier to the alumni office, Creamer said she was asked her impression of him.
“I said ‘You did a good job. He is just the type of student you want to recruit,’ ” she said, calling him “quiet but personable, poised and charming.”
Farmer jokingly said the women were making Trappier “the most famous freshman” at Winthrop.
As retired educators, Farmer said the group realizes how difficult finances can be for students. She said they were pleased to see college names on the tip jar at the ice cream parlor.
“It was good to see the schools on there. We would love to see other businesses do this,” she said.
They are all good kids and I think it is interesting for them that they have support from the older generation. This experience will help them at the campus.
Katie Kulkova, Scoops manager
Scoops manager, Katie Kulkova, said she always has a tip jar set out for students working there in the summer.
“Last year we didn’t have any college students. This year we have three and they are all friends who graduated from the same high school,” she said. “They are all good kids and I think it is interesting for them that they have support from the older generation. This experience will help them at the campus.”
Kulkova said everyone is enjoying all the attention brought to the students and the tip jar.
“Oh, we love it and they (students) love it more,” she said.
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