CHAZY - For nearly 50 years, students at Chazy Central Rural School in grades seven through 12 have celebrated their winter break in a unique way.
During a meeting held by student council representatives Jan. 26, students discussed with advisor Justin Frechette and Winter Weekend committee organizer Jim Lucas as to what the classes can expect this year.
Although it's considered a "weekend" event, students will be participating in festivities for nearly two weeks.
From Feb. 8-12, students will dress up each day with a different theme, as a part of their "spirit week."
"I always get asked, 'Does Chazy have a homecoming?' and my answer always is 'It's Winter Weekend," said Frechette. "Something a little different that we do."
The themes are Pajama Day, World Cultures Day, Twin/Clash Day, Class Color Day, and Formal Day.
This year, school superintendent Kevin J. Mulligan has decided to add a little something to spirit week.
"We want to do a Haitian relief effort," explained Frechette to the students during the meeting. "Collecting money to send out there."
During spirit week, jars will be set up in every homeroom, and students can bring in money. At the end of the week, the money will be totaled and classes will receive points based on who brought in the most.
"All of the money, 100 percent of it, will be going [to the relief effort]," Frechette explained. "I think we can raise a significant amount of money."
The points received by the classes will be added to the points they will aim to get during the festivities the following week.
According to Lucas, who has been an organizer on behalf of the Chazy Lions Club for the last four years, points will be received with the ultimate goal of getting a monetary donation from the club to each of the classes.