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PHOTO GALLERY: Students participate in various activities at Snow Day Club

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 7:08 p.m. CST

Columbia Public Schools had its first-ever Elementary Snow Day Club on Thursday. The program is designed to provide a place for parents to take their children when school is canceled because of snow.

Students enrolled in snow club had language arts, science, mathematics and physical education classes. They could make crafts, play on the computers and read books during the snow day.

Three schools hosted the program for the Columbia Public School District. More than 60 students showed up to the first Snow Day Club at either Derby Ridge, West Boulevard and Mill Creek elementary schools.

Michelle Baumstark, the district's community relations coordinator, said snow club enrollment is closed for this winter, and there is a waiting list. Snow club costs $15 per day per child. Parents complete an application, submit a $15 deposit and provide lunch.

Lauren Elizabeth Bailey, 8, draws an elephant during the first Snow Day Club on Thursday morning at Derby Ridge Elementary School. The elementary Snow Day Club is organized by the Columbia Public School District to provide day care when school is canceled due to extreme weather conditions.
From left, Will Schommer, Jonah Sarabia and Aaron Scofield, all 8, look at a snowflake that Jonah made out of paper on the first day of Snow Day Club on Thursday morning at Derby Ridge Elementary School. While Sarabia and Scofield are classmates at Derby Ridge Elementary School, Schommer goes to John Ridgeway Elementary School.
Kaitlyn Bailey, 10, left, and Jamie Muskopf, 9, work on their drawings on the first day of Snow Day Club on Thursday morning at Derby Ridge Elementary School. Bailey said she prefers snowy days, "Because I can come here and have fun."
From left, Archer Fried-Socarides, 6, Alex Kraus, 7, Lindsey Withrow, 6, Owen Keeler, 5, and, in the back row, Benjamin Dickerson, 6, listen to their teacher Beth Greimann reading "A House for Hermit Crab" by Eric Carle as part of their science study for the day. Students attended the Snow Day Club Thursday afternoon at West Boulevard Elementary School.
From left, Benjamin Dickerson, 6, Lindsey Withrow, 6, Archer Fried-Socarides, 6, Alex Kraus, 7, and Owen Keeler, 5, wait for their computers to start on the first day of Snow Day Club Thursday afternoon at West Boulevard Elementary School.
Alex Kraus, 7, plays Wild Kratts on a computer on the first day of Snow Day Club Thursday afternoon at West Boulevard Elementary School.

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