St. Mary's school gives kids the chance to play in the snow
The Weather Channel may be calling for some slightly chilly temperatures, but St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School calls for a high chance of snow on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Children will have access to snow, bounce houses and other games throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Village at Woodside, located at 230 Village Green Drive.
Admission is $10 per child, and accompanying adults will get in for free while the kids get to throw around a few snowballs and help each other create a snowman.
“This is the first ... event in Aiken of this kind,” said Chrissa Matthews, parent at St. Mary's. “We don't have much snow in Aiken, so this is a great opportunity for kids to play in it.”
The idea of the event came from Erin Runnels, a parent and president of the parent-teacher organization, who visited Hilton Head and, after seeing what a success its snow day was, just had to bring it back to Aiken, Matthews said.
SnowSouth, out of Meridian, Ga., will haul a large tractor-trailer full of ice, which will later melt into snow for all to play in.
S'mores will be set aside to roast by a fire, and anyone who brings a new or gently used item of winter clothing to be later donated to Area Churches Together Serving gets a free cup of hot chocolate.
“It's the one time of the year where they can throw snowballs or make snow angels, and it's all for a good cause,” Matthews said.
For more information about ACTS, visit www.actsofaiken.org.
Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @Maayan- Schechter.