Above, Adam Lammers, Caleb Gillespie, Reese Mangas, Morgan Kamphaus and Lola Quintero stand beside one of the Olympic flags painted in the snow by students at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Leipsic. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Above, Adam Lammers, Caleb Gillespie, Reese Mangas, Morgan Kamphaus and Lola Quintero stand beside one of the Olympic flags painted in the snow by students at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Leipsic. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

LEIPSIC — There was snow. There were colorful Olympic flags. There was also cheering. Only the location was not Sochi, Russia, and the event was not the XXII Olympic Winter games.

Instead the location was the playground across the street from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Leipsic. The flags had been painted in the snow using food color, water and spray bottles. The cheering was from the students at St. Mary’s as they enjoyed a sunny day last Thursday slipping and sliding in the snow after completing their artistic endeavors.

When questioned, the Leipsic students all said their favorite part of the day was just getting to play in the snow after they had painted the flags. The flags were painted by the third through eighth graders at the school.

Lola Quintero said she helped paint the Russian flag.

Students all had their own personal favorite event during the winter Olympics. Quintero said hers was the figure skating.

Boys including Adam Lammers and Caleb Gillespie said they enjoyed the luge and halfpipe competitions.

Most students last Thursday seemed to most enjoy the sport of getting to have their own outside winter fun. While the temperature at the winter Olympics in Russia was hovering near a balmy 60 degrees Fahrenheit, Leipsic students had bundled up in winter coats, mittens and boots to endure the temperatures at the Leipsic winter sports fun.