By DARINA NAIDU
---- — CHAZY — Students at Chazy Central Rural School are eager to go back to school during their vacation, thanks to Winter Weekend.
The annual celebration started a little early this year, with the School Council adding a new event last weekend.
The students went to a rock-and-skate event last Saturday for skating and a pizza party and also enjoyed free giveaways during a hockey game.
The rock-and-skate was something new that organizers hoped the students would enjoy, Student Council President Michaela Cahoon said.
However, the real barrage of activity starts today and ends Saturday night.
‘FULL OF FUN’
“This event is unique to Chazy,” Cahoon said. “I expect the weekend to be full of fun. We don’t have homecoming, so students really look forward to the Winter Weekend.”
The event is also sponsored and organized by Chazy Lions Club. Winter Weekend Committee Chairman Jim Lucas, a Lions Club member, thinks it will be very enjoyable.
“The event has been going on for close to 50 years. It’s a unique event and a good time,” he said.
“You would think that students would not want anything to do with the school (during vacation). It’s amazing how many of them come.
“It is a lot of work on their part,” he added, “but they do it year after year. If they weren’t doing it, we wouldn’t be doing it. They continue to participate, and we continue to help them.”
Winter Weekend will start from 3 to 5 p.m. today with skating, food and hot chocolate for the students.
On Thursday, a talent show at the school will feature each class from the seventh to 12th grade putting on a 15-minute skit, starting at 6.30 p.m.
Friday, students from each class will compete in a volleyball tournament at the school gym at 6.30 p.m.
The winning team will play against some of the members of the Lions Club for fun.
“The kids always get a kick out of that,” Student Council Adviser Justin Frechette said.
Saturday is the last day of Winter Weekend, and the Student Council and the Lions Club made sure it will be a packed and fun day for the students.
At noon, the annual snow sculptures are due. This year’s theme is “iPhone apps.” Students can start their sculpture at any time they want, even before Winter Weekend.
“I thought the iPhone app was a great idea that the school council decided for the theme,” Lucas said. “I am sure the students will do their best to represent the individual item that they choose for their snow sculpture.”
At noon, class games will take place at the school gym, with students participating in races, soccer, basketball and other events.
“The class games are usually the crowd’s favorite,” Cahoon said.
After the games, some students will go home to get ready for the dance at 7 p.m., and others will stay in school to help.
The dance will last until 11 p.m., and the student body will vote to choose the king and queen of the night from among the senior students.
The winning class of Winter Weekend will be announced after the dance, based on points earned during the week.
The Lions Club will give small cash donations to each class.
“The class with the highest points will get the highest amount, and the money will be used toward class projects,” Lucas said.
Cahoon is ready for the weekend to start.
“It was a lot of work, and I appreciate the amount of work people have put in it. All my Student Council members worked super hard.”
Frechette made note of the tradition associated with the event.
“I think one of the things that makes the Winter Weekend unique is that our school is the heartbeat and the center of our community,” he said.
“It is a wonderful annual event, and our togetherness makes it very special. It means a lot to the students, as their parents and grandparents also participated in the Winter Weekend.”