By Sammi Dorfan (’18)

On Friday, February 24th, Maimonides Upper School students experienced something novel and unprecedented both at SDJA and in the San Diego area at large. The temperature was a brisk 59 degrees when the greens of  the northern side of the soccer field whitened with snow and lit up with smiles. Daniel Lurie (‘17) explained, “At first, I think people were a little confused and overwhelmed. However, when things got underway, you couldn’t turn your head without seeing someone laughing.”

SDJA lion strikes a pose after sledding down the snow slide. Photo: Harry Katcher

Instead of a routine Friday assembly, students spent nearly two hours relishing their time outside with friends, food, and fun. Donuts from the Herb’n Donuts food truck filled the air with a tempting aroma that jumpers could smell from inside the bouncy houses. Many frequented the table with jars whose contents was composed of raffle tickets for exclusive prizes, many of which were offered by teachers,  including free homework passes, a catered breakfast, a Starbucks delivery, and a GoPro. Some students chomped on snacks from the mobile snack bar, while others sipped hot coffee, kindly donated by Starbucks.

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Yueqian Tang (’18) launches a surprise snow attack. Photo: Harry Kacther

Of course, though, the highlight of the day was the snow. Maya Schuster (‘18) joked, “I have to say that I did get a bit vengeful when people threw snowballs at me, and I enjoyed returning the favor.” Schuster wasn’t the only one who found joy in assaulting friends; all attendees needed to be extra vigilant when walking around the area because snowballs flew from every direction. Students’ clothes got wetter and wetter each time they slid down the six-foot snow slide, but they didn’t mind because, as Tikvah Velazquez (‘19) said, “It was something new that we’ve never done before.”

This event would not have been possible without the support and sponsorship of LM Advisors, A Culture of Peace, Fenway Properties, Starbucks, and RAPA. Their contributions, along with the unique nature of the event, helped to strengthen connections, build community, and make this one of the most successful events in SDJA history.

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