The weather outside is finally feeling like Christmas, and St. John Bosco Catholic School (SJBCS) will be putting on their Winter Wonderland for the Ahwatukee community’s enjoyment, just in time for the holidays.

This has been the ninth year the school has hosted the Winter Wonderland, and similar to previous years the school will be covering their courtyard in snow on Dec. 7.

The snow will be provided Arizona Iceman, where they will bring nearly 25 tons of ice blocks that is ground into to snow and spewed throughout the school’s courtyard.

Laura DeCaro, president of the Mom’s Club, said the snow is a huge part of the event because many of the children who grew up in the Valley are not accustomed to seeing snow.

“This is my fourth year chairing the event, and every year it amazes me how excited the kids are about the snow and playing with their friends. It really is such a sense of community not just for the children who come, but also for the adults who come,” she said.

That sense of community will be shown during the Winter Wonderland, with SJBCS Dad’s Club making a pancake breakfast for individuals who attend the event.

Vendor boutiques will also be present during the Winter Wonderland, where parents can purchase different commercial products such as jewelry for their Christmas shopping.

There will also be a boutique set up for children who can do some Christmas shopping of their own, with items being sold for $1.

“The children are so happy that morning,” DeCaro said.

The school is also participating in a Pajama Drive, asking community members for pajamas to be donated to the less fortunate and distributed throughout the Valley.

DeCaro said this year Bosco’s fifth graders have taken on the charity drive as one of their service projects, going into different classrooms at the school, holding presentations and sharing information on the importance of the drive.

“It’s really part of a human identity … we want to teach the children to care about others and do what they can to help others,” she said.

The fundraiser has been going on throughout November, and the school is still looking for more donations.

“I think the Pajama Drive has an extra special piece of our hearts because it’s children who need them. As moms it’s a big deal,” said Jena Gump, Mom’s Club member.

In the past, SJBCS has received more than 300 donations and look to continue their success on donating as any articles of clothing they possibly can.

The Winter Wonderland will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John Bosco Catholic School, 16035 S. 48th St.

For more information about the event, visit www.sjbosco.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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