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Beautiful weather prompts 'sun day' school closure in Washington

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 A Seattle-area school is closed today so that students can take advantage of the sunshine outside -- a rare occurrence in the typically overcast state. (iStock)For school-aged children (and let's face it, most working adults) few things are more exciting than the prospect of having a "snow day,"  called when extreme winter weather strikes.

Unlike many of those living in Canada, the students of rainy Bellingham, Washington had no classes cancelled due to snow this year -- but don't feel sorry for them yet.

One area school is putting its allotted weather-related school closure day to good use.

"SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!" reads the website of Bellingham Christian School today.

"Yeah! It's a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school."

Principal Bob Sampson told the Associated Press that he cancelled Friday's classes (with the school board's permission) to let students take advantage of the forecasted full day of sunshine -- a rare occurrence in the typically overcast and drizzly state.

"Kids just love the anticipation of sitting around to see if school is cancelled 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?'"

All 205 students and 22 staff members have the day off, though Sampson noted that himself and another staff member are onsite to supervise any students who didn't get the notice or weren't able to stay home.

li_sun_day_school.jpg A memo on the school's website encourages students to take photos of themselves playing outdoors during their day off. The photos will be shown at a school assembly on Monday.

"In a world that's got a lot hard things going," Sampson said, "it's fun to create a moment of joy."

What are your thoughts on taking a "sun day" when the weather is exceptionally fair? Is this a trend you hope will spread?

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