Wintertime break for students |

Wintertime break for students

Jill Darby, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily TribuneWeston Dexter, 11, left, and Jesse Howes work on a snow fort Wednesday during the Kids Club at the city of South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department's complex.

Excited chatter filled the lunch room Wednesday at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center, as youngsters shared tales of sledding and snowmen, Game Boys and Legos.

Winter break means two weeks out of school and plenty of time for snow play, television and, well, boredom.

“I miss all my friends that I always play with at school,” 7-year-old Zachary McClure said. “I don’t miss the ones that are really mean to me, but I mostly miss my best friends.”

Marshall Neil, a first-grader at Zephyr Cove Elementary School, said he has been a little bored, but for the most part, is enjoying his time off — especially since he got almost everything he wanted for Christmas.

“But I really wanted my two front teeth for Christmas,” Marshall said, exposing a smile full of gums.

Jesse Howes, 8, is spending winter break on the slopes.

“I’ve been skiing for three years,” he said. “I’m learning parallel turns and everything.

“(During break) you don’t have to go to school and everything,” he added. “You get to do things you don’t normally get to do, like ski full day and stuff.”

Over the holidays, 6-year-old Emily Gardner has been hanging out inside — she only likes to be outside in the summer — playing her new Game Boy Advance, oh, and one more thing. “I’ve also been throwing up,” she said giggling. “I don’t know why. My mom ate the same stuff at dinner as me and she didn’t get sick.”

Third-grader Amanda Rives said she prefers to spend winter days outdoors.

“I’ve been going sledding and I like to make snow caves in our front yard,” she said.

Sierra House Elementary School student Lupe Manzo said holidays are about spending time with family.

“You open presents, eat tamales and jump in the snow,” she said.

Despite all of the fun, most students said they are anxious to go back to school.

“I miss math,” 8-year-old LeighAnne Tym said.

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