BELLINGHAM — In sun-deprived Western Washington, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine.
Friday was a “sun day” of sorts for the 205 students at Bellingham Christian School, a small private Christian school in Bellingham.
“SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!” the school’s website announced 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 that snow days get among the kids. He began teasing the possibility of giving the day off earlier in the week.
“In a world that’s got a lot of hard things going, it’s fun to create a moment of joy,” Sampson said.
The sun day also was made possible because there weren’t any days off because of snow this school year.
“Kids just love the anticipation of sitting around to see if school is canceled when it snows,” Sampson 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 also got the day off, he added.
The principal asked students to take photos of what they do on their sunny day off. He planned to show them at an assembly Monday.
It’s not the first time the school has given students the day off because of sunshine. The last time was two years ago.
Break out the sunblock for weekend
Washington is in for the warmest weekend of the year so far, forecasters said Friday.
Sunny skies were expected to push the highs into the 80s.
The National Weather Service said temperatures should drop next week but the dry weather will continue for several more days.
Forecasters, emergency responders and parks and recreation officials warned people to take care if they head out onto the water. Boating fatalities increase with warm weather in the spring when waters are still frigid.The Associated Press