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You wake up and rush to the window, quivering with excitement. There was a 95% chance of snow when you went to bed last night, and big fat flakes are still falling past your eyes.

You rush downstairs and ask, “Is-there-school-today-I hope-there-isn’t-school-because-it-is-snowing!”

You’re thrilled when your mother answers, “No school today, the county just called. It’s a snow day!”

How to get a snow day

  • Do the snow dance. Be creative, do it your own way.
  • Flush an ice cube down the toilet.
  • Wear your pajamas inside out and backwards.
  • Eat some ice cream, freeze the spoon, and put the spoon under your pillow.


Things to do on a snow day

  • Run around your neighborhood and sled down all the hills.
  • If you have a neighbor who has a steep hill, ask them if you can sled on it. (Works even better if they are nice and older).
  • If you have an older sibling, wait until they get up and go outside, get a friend and make a legion of snow balls and a huge snow igloo; be prepared, siblings fight back fast. Pelt them until they run back inside to tattle, now quick, run to your friend’s house and hide out there until the sibling/parent rage is over.
  • Warm up inside with some hot cocoa and snacks.

 snowball fight

How to make money

After you finish your cocoa and snack, get off your butt, bundle up again, and go from door to door asking people if you can shovel their driveways. (If there is like 8 inches of hard packed snow, it may not be the best idea, but if there’s 2 inches of a kind of powdery snow it’s like white gold!). Ask the older nice people who can’t get up to shovel. Earlier this winter, my friend and I made $35.00 each and we only had to shovel 5 driveways! It was great...I still have money left over.

Fun sledding farther away

If the snow is starting to die down you can ask your parents to take you to a nearby sledding hill. If they refuse because, “Oh we don’t have 4 wheel drive. It could be dangerous,” ask them to call a friend who does have 4 wheel drive to take you. If they say it’s rude to invite yourself, call, hint a little, and hope they invite you. Ask your mom or dad to offer the other parent that if they take us sledding, then you and your friend can play at your house afterwards. (This should work because both parents think that they’re getting a good deal).

We haven’t had much snow yet this winter, but I’m still hoping! If we do get a good snow, now you know what to do!

Robert Calvert is a 6th grader who lives in Stafford County with his family. In case you couldn't tell, he LOVES snow days!

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”