Students at The Bolles Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus enjoyed a rare opportunity to play in the snow Friday, Jan. 7, during the school’s annual Winter Fest.
Impromptu snowball battles broke out and snowmen arose from the large patch of snow as the children, dressed in winter coats and hats, laughed and chattered and played.
Nearby, a crew of snowmakers from Gentleman’s Ice occasionally renewed the “snow” to keep it frozen among the springlike temperatures. A machine crushed up bags of ice and sprayed it out of a large hose onto the play area behind the school, mimicking the winter wonder so familiar to residents of northern states.
Fifth-grader M.C. said she has seen real snow during visits to Michigan, but that didn’t mute her enthusiasm for the unseasonably frosty fun here in the Sunshine State, which she called “magical.”
“It’s just really fun for us, because we live in Florida,” she said. “It’s so crazy to feel ice on the ground instead of sand.”
According to Stacey Hendershot, head of the Lower School, Winter Fest is an annual tradition.
“It’s a time for our community to come together,” she said. “Our families get to see each other, and our kids get to interact.”
The event was presented by the Bolles Parent Association, “so a great big thank you to them,” Hendershot said.
Though the snow was the big draw for the students, there were plenty of other fun activities throughout the campus. The children — and even a few adults — lined up to ride the train that took them on an excursion around the grounds. There was a bounce house, tattoos and face painting, a balloon-twisting artist, games and more.
The campus was adorned with festive wintry decorations, but none outshone the many smiles on students’ faces.
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