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My daughters were at Operation Snowball from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. yesterday. Oldest served as a facilitator, youngest was a participant. The day was long, but definitely worth it.
The theme of Operation Snowball is to show teens the benefits of a drug-free life. My daughters described it more as an inspirational day, reminding them to choose actions in life to make a difference. The name Operation Snowball refers to the "snowball effect."
Some of the teens are encouraged to attend by their counselors. Other teens are excited about free food and fun activities. Everyone leaves with a new outlook about themselves and life.
Kids are moved to tears. They share their greatest fears. They find out that they matter, they are important. New friends and connections are made. They talk, sing, laugh, and play games until they are exhausted.
I couldn't be prouder of my daughters. I think they gave more than they received, from listening to their accounts of the day. I think they really know that no matter what path they choose in life, they will always strive to improve their community.
This week we face state testing, continued winter weather, and lots of stress at school. I'm going to make a special effort to have and share a positive attitude. It will be tough, but I know a little bit of happiness can go a long way! This is the best kind of snowball!