The book “Maniac Magee,” by Jerry Spinelli, caused Nicole Pfeifer’s sixth grade students to crave Butterscotch Krimpets.
In this story, the main character eat these treats by the box, and the Delano Middle School students decided they just had to try some for themselves.
Beginning their search at Coborn’s Grocery Store in Delano, they soon realized that this treat couldn’t be purchased in Minnesota, but their curiosity ensured the search continued.
Pfeifer discovered, while searching the Internet, that Krimpets are produced by the TastyKake Company in Pennsylvania, owned by Chad Ramsey.
The dedicated students sent e-mails to Ramsey requesting him to send them 31 Krimpets. He responded right away and sent 72 Krimpets.
The fortunate students were able to enjoy the treats more than once and videotaped a thank you to Ramsey and the TastyKake Company. The video can be viewed by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEdrRsy63ik, or by going to www.delanoheraldjournal.com.
Pfeifer said her class was able to read a great book, experience how to search the Internet, find the source of a product, express their craving on paper, and persuade an owner of a company to share his “tasty” invention and satisfy their taste buds.
The following are two e-mails sent by students in Pfeifer’s class at Delano Middle School:
Dear Mr. Ramsey,
My sixth grade reading class has been reading the book “Maniac Magee” and it talks about Butterscotch Krimpets. We live in Minnesota and they don’t sell any TastyKake products, much less Butterscotch Krimpets here. I have 31 kids in my reading class and we all want to try the Krimpets. They sound so delicious. We are absolutely dying to try them, and when we think about them, our mouths start watering.
We were wondering if you could please send us 31 Krimpets (One for each student.)
If you do send us the Krimpets, we will be so happy and have endless thanks. So please send us some to Delano Middle School.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter,
Dear Mr. Krimpet Guy (A.K.A. Mr. Ramsey),
I’m a sixth grader at Delano Middle School in Minnesota. We are reading “Maniac Magee” in advanced reading class and it talks about Butterscotch Krimpets. We are begging you to send 31-mouth watering Butterscotch Krimpets for our advanced reading class.
We wish to try the delicious flavor of them and taste what they are really like. Then we could actually relate to the story when Maniac Magee was gobbling the Krimpets. We’ve been tempted every time we read about them, to try the wonderful Butterscotch Krimpets. That is why we are pleading for you to send us some!!! If you do, you are a truly great person and you are doing so for education purposes. Thanks sooo much if you do!
Each of the sixth grade students’ letters were equally convincing, and the response they received from Mr. Ramsey was even better than they had hoped for.