Snow day brings Winter to South Texas

Snow day brings Winter to South Texas

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Snow may not be falling from the sky, but it was on the grounds of Mesquite Village West on Thursday Jan. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. for TAMUK’s Welcome Back Week.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosted the annual event for Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and faculty.

“The event has been going on for about five years and was started by Erin McClure, Director of Student Activities,” said Martie De La Paz, the coordinator of the event. “It was a little cold last year, but this was perfect weather for the event.”

Snow Day used to be held at University Boulevard, however, with 300 to 400 people attending, the event was moved for safety precautions.

“This year we have a kid zone for faculty members’ children who also attend,” said Loreal Robertson, coordinator of CAB.

“My kids get to experience snow since they are too little to travel to places where snow falls,” said Debra Ashby, wife of Rex Paul Ashby, TAMUK’s application system’s analyst for financial aid. “Isabelle (4) and Rowan (2) can get some hands on learning about snow and we get to really enjoy ourselves.”

Isabelle’s goal was to build a snowman but not have snowball fights with her brother “because he is too little,” she said.

Isabelle was not the only person with a goal or plan for the snow.

Samantha Villanueva, a freshman majoring in computer science, along with her brother Joseph, a freshman studying environmental engineering, plus four other friends, had one plan.

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plotting against each other,” they said.

South Texas gets little rain and the last snowfall was in December 2004. Not many Texans travel to places where snow covers the ground so people of all ages get excited for a chance to play in the white material.

“I’ve seen snow back in 2004,” said Lorenzo Garcia, a freshman majoring in Early Childhood Education.