Sno Daze features virtual-heavy events

Week full of festivities caps off

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Lydia Dearking

Student and families sled at Aquila Park as a part of Sno Daze Week Feb. 23. Sledding was the only in-person event during the Week.

Tobias Khabie and Molly Schochet

After participating in sledding at Aquila Park for Sno Daze, senior Sophie Yakes said she attended because it was a convenient opportunity to meet up with her friends after her socializing had been reduced.

“I wanted to be able to see some friends, and some teachers that I knew were going to be there. And also it’s hard for me to get out (during COVID-19), especially during the winter time,” Yakes said.

It is important to try and keep a sense of community in our school and in these times when there really isn’t much else you can do.”

— Jacob Favour

Sno Daze Week kicked off with a baking competition Feb. 22, followed by the sledding event Feb. 23. As a break from the festivities, Feb. 24 served as a self-care day guided in part by Natural Helpers. Senior and Natural Helpers co-president Grace Kanyinku said Sno Daze Week served as a great opportunity for students to take care of themselves.

“(Self-care is) very important, especially in a time like this because there are a lot of things that are put on pause, which is frustrating, but at the same time people think they have to work hard all the time, which isn’t the case,” Kanyinku said. “You have to take time for yourself, it is important that you do self care and do it consistently.”

Following self-care day was the livestream of the boys’ hockey game against Hopkins Feb. 25, in which Park won. Junior hockey player Jacob Favour said he was excited to have the game streamed as he has missed the presence of the fans in the stands.

“It’s cool that they chose our game and it’s good to hear that we got the win with a lot of people watching,” Favour said. “It’s good to (stream), especially now that people can’t go to the gym right now, but they can still bring some Park spirit.”

The Week capped off with a virtual movie night Feb. 26. According to Yakes, while there was only one event in-person, she still appreciated how Sno Daze Week instilled the community atmosphere that had been absent for so long.

“It was just like old times, except that you had to have a mask on, which was not an issue at all,” Yakes said.

Favour agreed with Yakes, as he said it is crucial to find ways to bring the school together in the midst of a pandemic.

“It is important to do events like (Sno Daze),” Favour said. “It is important to try and keep a sense of community in our school and in these times when there really isn’t much else you can do.”