A 9-year-old boy from a small Colorado town fought for children everywhere when he took to a town board meeting to convince local government officials to overturn an old ordinance that prevented snowballs and snowball fights within the city limits.
Dane Best of Severance, CO attended a town hall meeting where he exercised his right to throw snowballs with (and at) his classmates. Best spoke on behalf of all kids when he asked to have a guilt-free snowball fight. The board members took his idea seriously (as they should) and asked the little boy some tough questions about why snowball fights were so important to him. A town board member inquired how they would keep it all safe. Little Dane vowed to never throw a snowball with a rock in it or throw one at a window.
He had been preparing for his presentation for a month and he made some pretty valid points. At one point he said, "The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world. The law was created many years ago. Today's kids need a reason to play outside." So true, Dane.
In the end, town officials couldn't resist this innocent need and decided to overturn the ordinance making snowball fights legal within city limits. It was a win for school children and children at heart everywhere!
The Greeley Tribune reported on this story in the small town located 1.5 hours northwest of Denver. Severance has a population of about 3,100. Definitely small but large enough for an epic snowball fight.
This old law banning snowball fights is thought to have been around since the town was established in 1894. No one seems to know why or how this law came into effect. The law wasn’t enforced around town but when Best learned about it during a field trip, he decided to do something about it anyway. His idea was precocious and heartwarming.
Snowball fights are one of the best things about being a kid in winter and it'll be great for these kids to have fun. We hope Dane and his friends have an awesome snowball fight soon!