(CBS Seattle/AP) — Most students look forward to snow days in the winter, when school is canceled because of bad weather. But Friday, a small private school in Bellingham gave its students a day off to enjoy the sunshine.
“SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!” announced Bellingham Christian School’s website Thursday night. “Yeah! It’s a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school.”Principal Bob Sampson said he wanted to give students some time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement kids feel about snow days. He began teasing the possibility of giving the day off earlier in the week.
“In a world that’s got a lot hard things going, its’ fun to create a moment of joy,” Sampson said.
The forecast calls for sun to be shining down on Western Washington this weekend, with highs hitting the low 80s in some places Sunday.
The school’s “sun day” was also possible because there weren’t any days off because of snow this school year.
“Kids just love the anticipation of sitting around see if school is canceled when it snows,” he said. “You know, we haven’t had any snow days, so I thought ‘how fun would it be to create that anticipation for kids when it’s nice out?'”
Sampson surveyed parents to make sure the day off wouldn’t cause any hardships and floated the idea with the school board before canceling school, he said. The 22 staff members will also get the day off, he added.
Sampson and another staff member will be at the school bright and early, though, to welcome any students who didn’t get the notice.
The principal asked students to take pictures of what they do on their sunny day off. He plans to show the pictures at an assembly Monday.
The school also gave students the day off because of sunshine two years ago.
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