No dream – it’s a white Christ­mas

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Who would have thought snow would fall in Ep­som for Christ­mas?

Ko­hia Ter­race School is one of 11 Auck­land schools and kinder­gartens that got snowed out last week cour­tesy of Big Buddy men­tor spe­cial ef­fects ex­pert Ja­son Dur­rey.

Snow-like foam was sprayed over play­grounds and trees be­fore stu­dents were let loose to en­joy their own ver­sion of a white Christ­mas. The non-toxic foam grad­u­ally dis­solves leav­ing no mess be­hind.

The Big Buddy Men­tor­ing pro­gramme pro­vides fa­ther­less boys with solid male role mod­els. Care­fully screened men­tors spend two to three hours a week with their lit­tle bud­dies, aged be­tween 7 and 14, do­ing the things they en­joy.

Mr Dur­rey started the snow day at his lit­tle buddy Bradley’s school in 2009.

Many of this year’s schools are low decile.

‘‘The kids at Bradley’s school got such a blast out it – they went bal­lis- tic — so I de­cided to do some­thing for kids who don’t nec­es­sar­ily have a lot to cheer about at Christ­mas. Now it’s the

best day of my year.’’

Snow day: Fake snow brings the joy of Christ­mas to Ko­hia Ter­race School stu­dents.

White christ­mas: The lit­tle ones at Eden Ep­som Kinder­garten were de­lighted to ex­pe­ri­ence the rare feel­ing of snow fall­ing in Auck­land.

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