G. C. Huston holds annual Winterama FUNraiser

February 21, 2015


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Getting organized into activity teams ...

Rolling down the hill wasn't on the curriculum but everyone enjoyed it!

It doesn't get any better than this! ...

... except for hot stew and chocolate around an outdoor fire

Teacher Dana Mogk is teaching her class to building an outdoor cabin from frozen 'bricks' molded from juice cartons

According to Principal Dan Russell, "Winter is not a time for hibernation.  It's a time to dress properly for the weather and get outside and get active and we have 100 per cent participation here today."

Russell, who is Principal of G. C. Huston Public School in Southampton, Saugeen Shores on Lake Huron is a strong advocate of outdoor learning and activity.

Teacher Enid Johnson, with her four-legged companion Onyx, and Principal Dan Russell ... all dressed for the weather


Principal Dan Russell

On Friday, February 20th (2015) the entire school participated in the annual 'Winterama' event that raised funds for Rotary International with all funds raised staying in the local community for children's activities and projects.

During the afternoon, students, teachers and some parents, took part in a wide variety of activities that included outdoor snow soccer, long-distance sledding, a homemade luge, fun snowshoeing and an outdoor camp fire where students gathered round to eat hot stew and drink hot chocolate.

Ojibway teacher Marilyn Root is bundled up and pauses for a hot chocolate

(L) Aden Johnson, D.J. Wesley & Hailey Johnson inspect the 'ice brick' wall

"While this is about getting outside in the fresh air and being physically activie," said Russell, "it is also about leadership.  All of our older students take on the role of helping to supervise the younger ones and also lead them in the various activities.  It's about responsibility, accountability and respect."

 Snowshoeing on tin pie plates is harder than it looks!


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Harmony Ramson was happy with her luge run

Some had the luge technique ...

... some others were a little more unusual ...

... we suspect this 'student' was one of the 'older' ones!

The day leads up to the official Rotary Winterama celebration the next day (Feb. 21) that is held in Port Elgin, Saugeen Shores.

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