St. Mary's school gives kids the chance to play in the snow

  • Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:38 p.m.

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

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.

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