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Kids chill out at Saugus preschool

Posted: July 25, 2012 9:18 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2012 9:18 p.m.

Kindergartner Corinne Malloy, wearing gloves, builds a snowman on a bucket as she joins four pre-K and kindergarten classes as they lay in the snow during the snow day event at Creative Years Preschool in Santa Clarita on Wednesday.

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The thermometer read higher than 80 degrees Wednesday, but about 100 children ages 2 to 6 were throwing snowballs as part of the annual “snow day” at Creative Years Preschool in Santa Clarita.

“It’s one of the campers’ favorite days — for the counselors, too,” school owner Cindy Lewis said with a laugh as the instructors joined the children playing in the imported snow in the Centre Pointe area of Saugus.

The event is an annual tradition at the school’s summer camp, which was started back in 1979, Lewis said.

The 5-ton delivery was made by the Newhall Ice Company.

“It starts as a 300-pound block of ice, and it goes into our snow machine, which is a bit like a wood chipper,” said Sara Hajek, the company’s owner. “And that chips it into a hose that lets us spray it wherever.”

The whole operation takes about a half-hour, Hajek said.

Once the snow had finished replacing the sandbox’s usual contents, the children there didn’t seem as preoccupied with how it got there as they were with signing up for Snowman 101.

“We just saw some snowflakes, and we rolled them,” said 5-year-old Slater Hicks, explaining how the class worked together to build a snowman.

When asked how tall their snowman was, best estimates put the figure at “about 7 feet.”




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