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Alexandra Lichtner, Editor In Chief

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When you clicked on this article, you either didn’t know what to expect or you are genuinely interested in the Mercy tradition of the snow chicken.

Every year, when the news delivers a threat of snow, teachers at Mercy High School display their chickens to pull the snow out of the clouds for a beloved SNOW DAY. The tradition began at Mercy with a former math teacher by the name of Ms. Tricia Potts.  Ms. Potts started the tradition at her school in Texas.

At this point, you may be thinking, “What? It never snows it Texas.” Let me explain.

At her school in Texas, Ms. Potts had little rubber chickens hanging up in her classroom in winter and the local forecasters were terrified because they saw white on their radars. Ms. Potts thought nothing of her chickens until the snow came. Yes, there was snow in a Texas winter. The schools were closed for a long time because, well, Texas isn’t as prepared for snow as Maryland.

When Ms. Potts came to Mercy, she gave each teacher a small rubber chicken like the one pictured below. Whenever there was a threat of snow (a much more common experience than in Texas), the chickens are hung by the window to pull the snow from the clouds to give everyone a snow day.

snow chickens in the French classroom

snow chickens in the French classroom

Although Ms. Potts is no longer at this school, the tradition that she started is. When she left, she gave her collection of chickens to Ms. Sheridan. Many classrooms still display the snow chickens when that four letter s word is in the forecast. And even if snow is not forecasted, the Shield staff has a snow chicken that does not like to be cooped up. Be on the lookout for some of his escapades in the future.

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “The Snow Chicken”

  1. Holly on December 13th, 2016 11:28 am

    This article brought me out of the throngs of sadness over the possibility of a snowless winter. Thank you, kind gentlewoman.

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  2. Lucie on February 8th, 2017 8:18 am

    Come on snow chicken! Work your magic!

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  3. Alexandra Lichtner on March 13th, 2017 3:42 pm

    Snow Chicken, do your thing!

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