CHAZY - As students across the North Country are preparing for their mid-winter recess next week, students at Chazy Central Rural School are also preparing for one of their favorite traditions - CCRS Winter Weekend.
Students and faculty at CCRS and the Chazy chapter of Lions Club International are once again coming together for the annual event, to be held Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21.
Chazy Lions Club president Jim Lucas said the tradition is one that has lasted in the community for decades and one that people look forward to year after year.
"The events haven't really changed in format or theme. We tend to stick with what works," said Lucas. "And, I think it's going to be a good year. There's definitely a lot of enthusiasm."
This week, students began their unofficial kick-off to Winter Weekend with School Spirit Week, dressing to match different themes each day. However, preparation is already under way for the actual kick-off to the fun next Thursday, the school talent show. That event will be held in the school's auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. and is highly-anticipated each year, said Lucas.
"The seniors have always been very competitive in past years, so we'll see how it goes," he said. "Maybe this year some of the other classes will give them a little competition."
There's a break in the competition as the community is once again treated to open skating at Scotts' Memorial Rink on MacAdam Road Friday, Feb. 20, from 4-5:30 p.m. However, it kicks back up with the school's annual volleyball tournament later that night. That event, as well as other games held in the school's gymnasium on Feb. 21 and the widely-popular snow sculpture contest, have been ones where students have been known to raise the bar when participating.