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  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    Principal Daniel Woolf hands out cookies to students as they study amongst the bookshelves in Stauffer Library on Sunday, April 14. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    A Queen's student thanks Principal Daniel Woolf after receiving one of the 1,800 cookies he and Julie Gordon-Woolf handed out Sunday. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    A sweet treat and a little break from studying, Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf hand out cookies for the ninth straight year. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    An appreciative student receives a cookie from Julie Gordon-Woolf during the ninth annual Principal's Cookie Drop at Queen's University Libraries. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    Students in the 1923 Reading Room, also known as the Harry Potter Room, snack on cookies handed out by Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    Julie Gordon-Woolf hands out one of the 1,800 cookies that she and Principal Daniel Woolf distributed to students as they study for final exams. (University Communications)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf Cookie Drop
    Sydney Flatt receives the final cookie from Principal Daniel Woolf as he and Julie Gordon-Woolf complete the ninth and final cookie drop during his time as principal.

It’s a cold and dreary Sunday afternoon and Principal Daniel Woolf and Julie Gordon-Woolf are methodically making their way through the various libraries at Queen’s University on a mission of support.

Each time the duo steps into a room, their hands filled with bags of cookies, there is a buzz amongst the many students who are studying for final exams - it’s time for a sweet treat.

In what has become a highly-anticipated tradition for Queen’s students, for the ninth year in a row Principal Woolf and his wife spent the day handing out 1,800 cookies – a record number as the couple mark the final ‘Cookie Drop’ before Principal Woolf completes his second five-year term.

A small, delicious token perhaps, but the reactions of many students show that the snack and words of support are appreciated.

“Having been a Queen’s student myself, I know final exams can be a stressful time,” Principal Woolf says. “Nine years ago Julie and I decided to provide students at Queen’s libraries with a sweet snack and maybe provide that little bit of momentum as they near the end of the academic year.”

The cookies were sponsored by the Principal’s Office, and the Queen's Student Alumni Association helped bag all 1,800.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped Julie and me over the years,” Principal Woolf says. “We have enjoyed seeing all the smiles and the many conversations amongst the bookshelves at Queen’s libraries.”