Would you rather miss school for a snow day or for a cause?

Story by CBC Kids News • Published 2019-02-17 09:00

We ask you to imagine yourself in their shoes

Have you had a snow day this week? If your answer is “yes,” you’re not alone — snow days have been happening all over Canada thanks to some wicked weather.

But snow days aren’t the only reason to miss school. Earlier this month, students in the Netherlands skipped school to march for a cause.

Snow day

Winter storms across the country meant slippery roads for buses and snow days for students from B.C. to the Maritimes.

The storms were so big that they made history with some schools.

Toronto schools were closed for the first time in eight years, and Ottawa schools for the first time in 21 years.

Even Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island schools — which are in an area of B.C. that usually has mild temperatures — were closed for a winter storm.

March for a cause

On Feb. 7, more than 10,000 students in the Netherlands skipped school to call for action on climate change.

That wasn’t the first time students had missed school to march in the street — it was the fifth Thursday in a row.

They said they wanted to send a message to their politicians who are trying to slow down climate change.

The student protesters were reacting to the news that the Netherlands would not be able to reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.

Similar marches are also happening across Europe, with global school strikes planned for March 15.

Now it’s your turn

If you could have your choice, which day off from school would you choose?