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Bus Driver Has Armonk Kids Screaming for Ice Cream

ARMONK, N.Y.- Throughout the school-year Rafael Arias is a familiar face behind the wheel of a school bus in the Byram Hills School District, but when school is out for the summer he’s better known for driving a different type of bus.

About three years ago, Arius bought a small, used bus from the Bedford school district, a former employer, and turned it into and ice cream truck; something he says kids in Armonk’s had rarely, if ever, encountered.

“When I first came here, the kids didn’t even know what an ice cream truck was,” Arias said. “When I started coming around it was like deer when you put the headlights on, the kids were so excited."

That excitement can only grow this week as temperatures rise from Wednesday’s 88 degrees to the highs in the 90s but feeling like its more than 100.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the rest of the week. It’s expected to cool off and only reach the mid-80s on Sunday.

Arias has worked for Byram Hills School District for four years and says he’s very familiar with the community. Depending on the weather, he can be found selling ice cream from late March through October..

Originally from the Bronx, the driver says he grew-up around ice-cream trucks and the joy they brought kids. He said he wanted the children in Armonk to be able to experience the same thrill he once had of beating the heat with a cold ice cream

“I love bringing enjoyment to the kids and seeing a smile on their faces, that’s the main thing to me,” said Arias. “I was driving around in Armonk and was looking around and thought ‘what’s missing here?’ there’s so many kids and no truck.”

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