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Private Wash. school closes due to nice weather

SEATTLE — In sun-deprived Washington state, 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, 90 miles north of Seattle.

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“SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!” the school’s website announced Thursday night. “It’s a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off.”

Principal Bob Sampson wanted to give students time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement snow days get among the kids.

“In a world that’s got a lot hard things going, it’s fun to create a moment of joy,” Sampson said. The sun day was also possible because there weren’t any snow days off this year.

“Kids just love the anticipation of sitting around to see if school is canceled when it snows,” he said. “So I thought ‘how fun would it be to create that anticipation for kids when it’s nice out?’ ”

The principal asked students to photograph what they did. He plans to show the pictures at an assembly Monday.

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