Schoolkids enjoy a white Christmas

MONICA TISCHLER
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2012
Winter Wonderland
MONICA TISCHLER

WINTER WONDERLAND: Summerstorm Hemi-Wharekawa, Jade Kenny and Nonah Viliamu from Don Buck Primary School lap up the fake snow.

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The courtyard at Don Buck Primary School was transformed into a winter wonderland as pupils danced in falling snow.

The snow, made from biodegradable foam, was part of the The Big Buddy Christmas White Out programme which creates winter settings in lower decile schools in Auckland.

Summerstorm Hemi-Wharekawa, Jade Kenny and Nonah Viliamu were among hundreds of pupils from Don Buck Primary School who took part.

For 11-year-old Jade, celebrating a white Christmas was a dream come true.

"I love making snow angels and having snowball fights," she says.

The Big Buddy Christmas White Out was the idea of special effects expert at Film Effects Co and Big Buddy mentor, Jason Durey.

The father of three was inspired to create winter wonderlands in lower decile schools after doing it for his own children and the boy he mentors.

"I decided to do something for kids who don't necessarily have a lot to cheer about at Christmas," Mr Durey says.

"When the kids come out, they're blown away."

Don Buck Primary School principal Jennice Murray says it's great to see the kids smile.

"It's wonderful. The children never know when the snowman, or Mr Durey, will turn up. But when he does, it's fun," she says.

The White Out visited 11 West Auckland schools this week, spraying out 800ml of foaming agent mixed with 80 litres of water to create the non-toxic biodegradable foam.

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