The snow did not deter kids from arriving at Geil Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:15 a.m. to enjoy doughnuts with their dads.
Geil Elementary hosted the annual Doughnuts with Dad event in the school’s gym, serving five different flavors of doughnuts, milk and coffee.
After grabbing their breakfast, kids found a seat with their dads, grandpas, uncles and mom to enjoy their time together before school.
“It’s awesome just seeing my dad,” said Jace Johnson.
As AJ watched his son enjoy his chocolate doughnut and milk, he was glad the school provided parents with the opportunity.
“It is pretty cool the school gets the dads involved and we get to spend time with our kids,” he said.
Autumn Hahn also enjoyed her doughnut with her brother, Logan, and mother, Stephanie.
“I like that I don’t have to wait in line for a doughnut,” Autumn said. “I picked this one because it’s Gering colors.”
Hahn has been coming to Doughnuts with Dad for five years. Stephanie said throughout those five years, Autumn has kept a tradition since her first visit.
“This is our fifth year coming and she has had that color doughnut every time,” Hahn said.
During their morning together, Hahn said she enjoys being able to slow down and spend time with her children.
“It’s great quality time before the work day and school,” she said. “The morning can get hectic, so it’s nice to slow down for a few minutes and enjoy some breakfast with them.”
Tuesday’s event was the first time Kooper, Hannah and Kerry Wynne participated in Doughnuts with Dad.
“This is our first one this year,” Hannah said. “My brother wanted to do it, so we came.”
Kooper said the doughnuts were good, with his favorite the doughnut topped with sprinkles.
“It’s good,” he said. “I will come back.”
The sprinkle doughnuts were a favorite among the students.
“It has sprinkles on it,” Elias Mendez said. “I like it because we get to eat doughnuts.”
Daniel, Elias’ father, also enjoyed the event.
“I like things like this because I can come into the school and hang out with him,” he said. “I will come whenever I get the chance.”
April and Dominic Nedella also enjoyed spending time together Tuesday morning.
“It is good because it has the best sprinkles on it,” Dominic said. “They’re so good.”
As April watched her son enjoy his doughnut, she appreciated having the opportunity to spend time with her son at school.
“I don’t remember doing this when I was in school,” April said. “It’s nice to spend time with my kids at school.”
There were 30 dozen doughnuts on the tables, which was down from last year’s numbers, but they still have plenty of doughnuts.
“This year, we ordered a few dozen less because of the loss of the sixth graders to the junior high,” parent volunteer Kim Nowatzke said. “We leave the extras for the teachers and deliver some to the district office.”
Rebecca Sexton, who is in her first year volunteering with the Geil Elementary Booster Club, enjoyed seeing the dads spent time with their children.
“I like seeing the kids with their dads,” Sexton said. “I had one dad come up to me this morning and say ‘We started the fun morning in the car.’”
Nowatzke added, “I like to see dads come with their kids because they can get busy with work.”
The Geil Booster Club will host a similar event for moms, aunts and grandmas in May.
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Limited edition foods come and go, but the yearning for them stays. Thankfully, Krispy Kreme gets it and continues to regularly bring back chocolate glazed donuts—even if only for a day at a time. And today, February 7, is one of those days. PRAISE.
If you somehow forgot, let me remind you that chocolate glazed donuts are the same soft plain donut you know and love, just covered in a thick, rich, chocolate glaze rather than the original. These aren’t available on any normal day which makes today extra special. Krispy Kreme has been doing this promotion for a while now, and each first Friday of the month you can almost guarantee that chocolate glazed donuts will make an epic comeback.
This promotion is only available at select locations in the United States and Canada, so double check that your location is participating to play it safe. Then again, if they aren’t offering chocolate glazed they are selling conversation heart donuts, which is another great option. If you’re not in the Valentine’s Day spirit just yet either, Krispy Kreme finally added its mini donuts to the menu permanently last month and each one is less than 100 calories.
What I’m trying to say is, it’s Friday, you got through another work week, and there’s no better way to celebrate the small victories than with some Krispy Kreme, right? Right. Now go out there and get your donuts—chocolate glazed or otherwise. You deserve it 🙌
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An SUV crashed into a Dunkin’ Donuts location Friday afternoon in south suburban Orland Park, video from Sky 5 showed.
Several first responders were on the scene at around 4:50 p.m. at the business, which is located at 15615 S. Harlem Ave. Additional details weren’t immediately available.
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Sunday is a day to save some dough.
Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day and businesses across the nation are celebrating with discounted pizza and other specials. Through rewards programs and signup offers, you also can score a free slice or pie.
One of the best pizza deals isn’t at a restaurant but at the gym.
Planet Fitness is hosting “an epic carbs and cardio pizza, bagel and workout party” Sunday at its approximately 2,000 U.S. locations and everyone is invited even if they’re not a member.
From 7 to 10 a.m., there will be free bagels and from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be free pizza, while supplies last. Planet Fitness also is inviting anyone 18 and older to work out for free Sunday with valid photo ID.
In the past National Bagel Day also was held on Feb. 9, but the hole-y day moved to mid-January this year to avoid sharing the spotlight with pizza.
According to an analysis by Womply, a small business software provider, local pizza restaurants expect higher than usual foot traffic for the food day. With the Academy Awards Sunday, pizzerias and delivery services also could be busy.
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National Pizza Day, Oscar night deals
The following offers are available Sunday, Feb. 9 at participating locations unless otherwise noted. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out. Some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.
&pizza: Through Sunday, buy any pizza and get one OG (signature) for $3 at all locations.
CAULIPOWER: The cauliflower pizza brand is giving away a year’s supply of pizza to “parents expecting a bundle of joy to arrive on the greatest day of the year.” On Sunday, go to www.bornonpizzaday.com to sign up for a chance to send friends, family members or yourself a year’s supply of CAULIPOWER pizza” with other baby essentials. Offers will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
The Cheesecake Factory: Through Feb. 12, get a free slice of cheesecake with online pickup orders of $30 or more. To get the free slice, add a slice of cheesecake or layer cake to qualifying orders and use the promotion code FREESLICE at checkout. Limit one free slice per purchase and this offer is not valid on DoorDash orders.
Chipotle Mexican Grill: Not a pizza deal, but every Sunday in February is Free Delivery Sunday. Get free delivery on all orders $10 or more online or with Chipotle’s app.
Domino’s: With the mix and match special, choose two menu items for $5.99 each. Items include medium two-topping pizzas, Specialty Chicken, eight-piece chicken wings or boneless wings and more.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Through Sunday, Shmear Society Rewards members can get two pizza bagel slices for $3 with purchase and a coupon. If you’re not a member, sign up at www.einsteinbros.com/pizzabagel.
Jet’s Pizza: Through the end of February, get the chain’s Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza for $13.99 online with the code RANCH.
Kolache Factory: Buy three Kolache, get three free Sunday when you say “National Pizza Day.” No coupon is needed but you have to ask for the offer.m G
Mountain Mike’s Pizza: From Sunday through Feb. 23, buy any two medium pizzas and get $5 off with promo code 160378.
Newk’s Eatery: New cauliflower pizza crust options are now available on all pies on Newk’s pizza menu for an extra $3.
Papa John’s: Get 30% off regular-menu price large pizzas Sunday with promo code PIZZADAY.
Pie Five Pizza: Get one large pizza for $10 Sunday.
Pieology: Through Feb. 15, get free delivery on orders placed online or through the app. Pie Life members also can get a free upgrade to the new “anti-crust” Protein Style Chicken Base for the week.
Pizza Hut: The pizza chain says its extended its $10 Meat Lovers promotion through Sunday.
PizzaRev: Get any pizza for $6 Sunday. No coupon or voucher needed.
Planet Fitness: From 7 to 10 a.m. Sunday, there will be free bagels and then from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be free pizza while supplies last. Planet Fitness also is inviting anyone 18 and older to work out for free Sunday with valid photo ID.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill: The chain will have a takeout deal Sunday for National Pizza Day but the offer varies by location.
More deals: Smaller chains also will have deals Sunday. Search on social media for #NationalPizzaDay.
Earn free pizzas, deals and rewards
Here’s how to save year-round with pizza rewards programs and ongoing specials:
Chuck E. Cheese’s: Join More Cheese Rewards and get a free personal one-topping pizza on your next visit, earn $10 after every three visits within one year with a $20 minimum spend, rewards for your child’s birthday and half-birthday and more. Sign up at www.chuckecheese.com.
Contributing: Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press
Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko
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